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Annual Phenomenology Symposium

The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Presents the 35th Annual Symposium

Life, Death and Play

Thursday, November 17 - Friday, November 18, 2016


About the Event

Professor Simon Critchley of the New School is one of the premier philosophers on the public stage today. Moderator of the New York Times Philosophy Blog, The Stone, Critchley's work cuts across poetry, theatre, rock music, sport, psychoanalysis, phenomenology and politics to engage the most pressing questions of human existence: the meaning of life and death, the nature of wisdom, political life, play, art and humor. His philosophy is relevant not only to the academy but to everyone seeking to live meaningfully in a complicated and difficult world.

The Silverman Center is pleased to welcome Professor Critchley on November 17 and 18, 2016. There will be a seminar on Thursday at 2:00PM on Professor Critchley's small book on Wallace Stevens, Things Merely Are, and a seminar Friday at 9:00AM on his co-authored book, Stay! Illusion!: The Hamlet Doctrine. Both seminars will be held at the Simon Silverman Phenomenolgy Center inside the Gumberg Library. A public lecture will be held on Friday at 2:00PM, in the Genesius Theater, on the philosophy of soccer: "Working-Class Ballet - A Poetics of Football."

The Silverman Center seeks applications from graduate students, faculty, and professionals in the realms of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, theology and religious studies, and beyond, to participate in the seminar, which is free of charge. Because space is limited, those interested should apply by sending a letter of interest and current CV or resume to Dr. Jeffrey McCurry, Duquesne University, at mccurryj@duq.edu by November 1, 2016.

History and Mission

The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center was founded in 1980 at Duquesne University by Dr. Amedeo Giorgi and Dr. John Sallis. It was an expression of the phenomenological orientations of Duquesne University's graduate programs in philosophy and psychology. The Center proudly bears the name of Mr. Simon Silverman, who was its first major benefactor. The goal of the Center is to promote and facilitate original phenomenological research and thereby add to the corpus of literature in all disciplines, especially in continental philosophy and psychology as a human science.

The Center also serves as a campus hub for numerous intellectual activities that complement graduate programs in philosophy, psychology, theology and communication and rhetorical studies. Internationally, the Center is known for its annual sponsorship of a spring symposium and the André Schuwer Memorial Lecture Series of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy (SPEP). The center's activities are to advance phenomenology in breadth and depth. All of the center's symposia acta are published.