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Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center


The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, founded in 1980, is the representation of the phenomenological orientation of Duquesne University. The Philosophy and Psychology departments at Duquesne University share a tradition of work in phenomenology.

The Simon Silverman Collection at Gumberg Library acquires books in all fields where a phenomenological approach is used or criticized:

  • purchased and donated holdings in phenomenology and philosophy as well as geography, music, ophthalmology, pedagogy, law, and nursing
  • four alcoves including the entire personal libraries of Erwin Straus, Stephan Strasser, Aron Gurwitsch and Amedeo Giorgi as well as the five collections of Jan Bouman, Charles Maes, Rolf von Eckartsberg, André Schuwer, O.F.M., and Edward L. Murray, C.S.Sp.

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The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center (SSPC) at Duquesne University is excited to welcome applications from distinguished scholars to be its inaugural Visiting Phenomenology Scholar in Spring 2016.


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 Center hosts conferences and symposia to explore and expand upon the phenomenological aspects of varied topics, events and people.

Past discussions have included:

  • the turn to religion in phenomenology
  • phenomenology, cognition and neuroscience
  • music and phenomenology
  • phenomenology and its critics

Upcoming Events

March 25th - A Day of Learning and Speaking Out (Please see schedule for details)

March 25th - 4:00PM - 5:30PM - Exploring Africa Through Literature

March 27th - 2:30PM - 5:30PM - Jennifer Bates - (Duquesne University)

March 30th and 31st - 9:00AM - 5:00PM - 33rd Annual Symposium - Experiencing Disaster (Africa Room, Student Union)

April 17th - 2:00PM - 5:30PM - C.D.C. Reeve (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

January 15th - 2:00PM - 5:30PM - Richard Rojcewicz - (Duquesne University)



Center web pages maintained by Angelle Pryor, Phenomenology Librarian