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Annual Phenomenology Symposium

The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center
Presents the 34th Annual Symposium

Contemplation and Beyond

March 17-18, 2016


About the Event

Six years ago, the psychiatrist and cultural critic Dr. Iain McGilchrist published his pathbreaking book The Master and His Emissary: The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World (Yale University Press, 2009). Blending cutting-edge neuroscience with the phenomenology of Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Wittgenstein, McGilchrist explored the logic(s) of the artistic, scientific, philosophical and religious history of Western culture in order to call those of us in Western culture back to the embodied life-world (Lebenswelt).

Dr. McGilchrist is currently in the process of deepening his phenomenological and neuroscientific explorations of human being in the dimensions of religion, mysticism, spirituality, mindfulness and contemplation, and the Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center is delighted to welcome him to Duquesne University for a two-day seminar on his past and current work.

The Silverman Center seeks applications from graduate students, faculty and professionals--especially in the realms of philosophy, psychology, psychiatry, theology and religious studies, and neuroscience--to participate in the seminar, which is free of charge.

To apply, please send a letter of interest and current CV or resume to Dr. Jeffrey McCurry at mccurryj@duq.edu by Jan. 31, 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.