Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center

Phenomenology Reading Circle

The reading circle will be on July 2 at 2:30pm where chapters 5 and 6 of Dreyfus and Taylor's Retrieving Realism will be discussed. If interested, please contact Dr. Jeff McCurry at

Annual Symposium 2020

Visit SSPC Symposium 2020 to hear the lecture by Jessica Wiskus on "Impressionist Painting And the Temporal Structure of Nostalgia"

Enjoy the lecture "The Phenomenological Investigations of Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)"  By Jessica Wiskus.

Enjoy the lecture "Aesthetic Experience and the Pre-reflective Self" By Professor Tone Roald. 


The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, founded in 1980, is an embodied expression of the phenomenological orientation of Duquesne University, especially found in the graduate programs in Philosophy and Psychology.

The goal of the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center is to promote and facilitate original phenomenological research, and thereby add to the corpus of literature in all disciplines, especially in continental philosophy, psychology as a human science, the philosophy and ethics of communication and rhetoric, and theology.

The Phenomenology Center's Collections form part of the special collections at Duquesne's Gumberg Library. The Center acquires materials in all fields, wherever a phenomenological approach is used or criticized. These holdings include purchased and donated works in phenomenological philosophy and psychology, as well as geography, music, ophthalmology, pedagogy, law, nursing, psychology, theology, and communications. The Center also holds the entire personal libraries of Erwin Straus, Stephan Strasser, Aron Gurwitsch, Amedeo Giorgi, and Adriaan Peperzak, as well as books from the collections of Jan Bouman, Charles Maes, Rolf von Eckartsberg, André Schuwer, O.F.M., and Edward L. Murray, C.S.Sp.

Portrait of Group of Students reading in Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center

Location and Hours 


Gumberg Library, 1st Floor


Monday - Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday - Sunday: CLOSED

Scheduled appointments, made in advance, are accepted outside of normal operating hours.

New Books

We are constantly adding new books to our collection, please take a look at our most recent acquisitions. If you have any requests or suggestions to add to our collection, please let us know.

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Special Events

In addition to the Collection, the Phenomenology Center serves as a gathering place for numerous intellectual activities. The Center hosts conferences and symposia, lectures by visiting speakers, dissertation defenses, and more.