THE INSTITUTE WAS first established for the purpose of gathering and directing the philosophically related efforts and interests of independent, unaffiliated research societies dedicated to phenomenological methods and inquiry. The societies and associations addressed below (together with La Sociedad Ibero-Americana de Fenomenologia) remain an important part of the Institute, and together share in the greater whole of the world phenomenology enterprise envisioned and achieved more than twenty-five years ago.

2014 Membership Form
 


Call to Collaboration

Dear Colleagues and Old Friends: 

It is time to renew our collaboration.  As you see from our other announcements flying around, we continue vigorously our reflection in many directions. 

We have entered now into an original philosophical turn, not taken elsewhere in phenomenology: extending the human condition from the life-world to its legitimate cosmic links. 

It is quite a tantalizing turn of phenomenology and we invite you to join us in this work. 

Hoping to hear from you and to see you in close future,

Cordially yours, with best collegial greetings, 

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Ph.D.
Professor of Philosophy and President

PS:  Please look up our two books coming out: 


Membership Information

Persons interested in joining one of the Institute�s affiliated research societies should select one of the following:

__International Husserl and Phenomenological Research Society
__International Society of Phenomenology and Sciences of Life
__International Society of Phenomenology and Literature
__American Society for Phenomenology, Fine Arts, and Aesthetics
__Sociedad Ibero-Americana de Fenomenologia

and then send a one-year dues payment of $65.00 (USD) to: The World Phenomenology Institute, 1 Ivy Pointe Way, Hanover, New Hampshire 03755, USA. All membership dues must be prepaid. Members outside the U.S. must pay by International Postal Money Order. Checks will be accepted only if they are drawn on a bank in the U.S. and are encoded for electromagnetic reading. Please make checks payable to "The World Phenomenology Institute."

Membership in an Institute research society entitles members to the current year�s issue of the Institute journal, Phenomenological Inquiry, as well as discounts for Institute congresses and on recent volumes in the Institute�s Analecta Husserliana yearbook series.


Letters to Institute-Affiliated Societies (2003)

Institute president Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka writes an annual letter to each of the four major affiliated societies in which she reflects on the accomplishments of the year gone by and sets the agenda for future research programs and publications. Letters to the four principal Institute-affiliated societies are collected below, and may serve as a form of introduction to each society individually as well as to the encompassing research efforts and achievements of the Institute itself.  



Letter to the International Husserl
and Phenomenological Research Society

Board of Directors: Richard Cobb-Stevens, Froacoice Dastur, +Erling Eng, Marcel Francois, Ludwig Grunberg, Arion Kelkel, Maija Kule, Avelina Cecilia Lafuente, Francois Laruelle, Dallas Laskey, Alphonso Lingis, Jualian Marias, Gary Overvold.

Secretary General: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

In this oldest society of our Institute nearly two generations have passed in review in the pages of our Analecta Husserliana volumes since 1969. I greet you all and thank you for your collaboration and support in this work. You have made it grow to its present stature. It is your accomplishment. I invite you to see the extent of it on our new encyclopedia of phenomenological learning, Phenomenology World Wide: Foundations -- Expanding Dynamics -- Life-engagements. A Guide for Research and Study. In a special section at the end, the philosophical itinerary of this work of our is outlined. Those who have participated in its programs are directly there. All, however, who have contributed to our work will find themselves in one way or another in the pages of the encyclopedia. There will be several presentations of this book, among them, one in Italy toward the end of March 2003 and a special roundtable during the XXIst World Congress of Philosophy of the International Federation of Philosophy Societies (FISP) in Istanbul, August 10-17, 2003.

We invite you most cordially to participate in the World Phenomenology Institute's program at the Istanbul World Congress. Our program's theme will be "Phenomenology of Life Meeting the Challenges of the Contemporary World." We will have Sections of Phenomenology, the Social Sciences, Education, Phenomenology/ Ontopoiesis of Life, Aesthetics, Phenomenology and Literature, Phenomenology and the Fine Arts, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, etc. There will be a roundtable on "Microcosm and Macrocosm, a Pervading Historical Concern."

Please note in particular that registration must be made with the FISP. Please do plan and act promptly. For all correspondence concerning FISP registration, contact Turkiye Felsefe Kurumu Dernegi, Ahmet Rasim Sokak 8/2, Cankaya, 06550, Ankara, TURKEY; Fax: +90 312 441 02 97; e-mail: toc@tfk.org.tr. We would be pleased if you would pre-register with us at the same time.

Now I come to the great event for which we are planning for 2004, the World Phenomenology Institute's Third World Congress of Phenomenology. Its theme will be "Phenomenology World Wide at the Beginning of the Third Millennium." Sections on all current sectors of phenomenological interest are proposed, and you are invited yourself to propose as session, or roundtable, or discussion group.

The Congress will take place in Europe. We are negotiating a venue and will post it on the Institute's website (www.phenomenology. org).

We have come a long way, but an expanse still beckons us.

The latest publications in our Analecta Husserliana book series-- volumes on the phenomenology of medicine, the passions of the earth, truth in ontopoietic perspective, the visible and the invisible, etc.--are listed on the inside back cover.

Hoping to hear from you and to see you soon.

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
 



Letter to The International Society
of Phenomenology and Literature

Board of Directors: Carmen Balzer, Cecile Cloutier, +Veda Cobb- Stevens, Christopher Eykman, Sidney Feshbach, L.M. Findlay, Jorge Garcia-Gomez, Thomas Haeussler, Laurence Kimmel, Lois Oppenheim, Bernadette Prochaska, Hans Rudnick, Thomas Ryba, and Jadwiga Smith.

President: Marlies Kronegger
Program Director: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Dear Colleagues, Coworkers, and Friends,

I report with pleasure the very lively and fascinating meetings of our twenty-seventh annual conference, which was held again at the Harvard Divinity School, May 8-9, 2002. The topic, Mystery, drew both longtime friends and a host of new scholars, all fascinated with the theme.

The sections delving into mystery each opened interesting perspectives on how literature envisions life. From these probings and the discussion they provoked there emerged the theme for our next conference, "The Enigma of Good and Evil: the Moral Sentiment in Literature." This topic appears to be particularly attractive to scholars in literature for proposals for several papers were made as soon as it was announced. To stimulate and inform your treatment of the theme, I suggest you lookup my short treatise "The Passions of the Soul and the Elements in the Ontopoiesis of Culture: the Life Significance of Literature," in The Elemental Passions of the Soul, Analecta Husserliana XXVIII (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1990).

The conference treating this theme will be held May 14 & 15, 2003 at the Harvard Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Abstracts are due February 15; and full papers are due March 15. Owing to increases in the costs of mailing, etc., the registration fee will be $125 US. That entitles you to also attend the International Society for Phenomenology and the Fine Arts conference that follows, May 16, 17, 18, 2003.

We invite old-timers and newcomers to join us for this intellectually very promising event.

Please note in particular: In August 2003, we shall hold a phenomenology and literature session in the course of the World Phenomenology Institute's usual general program at the XXIst World Congress of Philosophy organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP). That event will take place in Istanbul, Turkey, August 10-17, 2003.

This will be the Institute's LIIIrd International Conference. Our general program addresses the topic, "Phenomenology of Life Meeting the Challenges of the Contemporary World." Within the circumference of this topic many themes are welcome. The program theme may be addressed from various perspectives, but themes in other registers may also be taken up. For now we can say there will be a roundtable on "Microcosm and Macrocosm, a Pervading Historical Concern."

You are most cordially invited to join us in this provocative venture. Please do plan and act promptly. For all correspondence concerning FISP registration, contact Turkiye Felsefe Kurumu Dernegi, Ahmet Rasim Sokak 8/2, Cankaya, 06550, Ankara, TURKEY; Fax: +90 312 441 02 97; e-mail: toc@tfk.org.tr. We would be pleased if you would pre-register with us at the same time.

This year you must have be pleased to see several of our books published: Life -- Energies, Forces, and the Shaping of Life, Analecta Husserliana LXXIV; The Visible and the Invisible in the Interplay between Philosophy, Literature, and Reality, Analecta Husserliana LXXV; Life: Truth in Its Various Perspectives -- Cognition, Self-Knowledge, Creativity, Scientific Research, Sharing-in-Life, Economies..., Analecta Husserliana LXXVI.

In addition, a very beautiful volume, Gardens and the Passion for the Infinite, is now in production and will be out in the very beginning of this year. It took longer to appear because of the number of volumes we now publish and because we are especially occupied with the time-consuming preparation of our encyclopedia of phenomenological learning titled: Phenomenology World Wide: Foundations -- Expanding Dynamics -- Life-engagements. A Guide for Research and Study.

This truly indispensable research tool for all of us is announced in detail in this volume. We know that this very important work will find your favor and count on your urging your librarian to acquire it for your school's library.

Looking forward to seeing you in Cambridge,

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

 



Letter to the International Society
for Phenomenology, Aesthetics,
and the Fine Arts

President. Marlies Kronegger
Secretary General: Patricia Trutty-Coohill
Program Coordinator: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Dear Friends,

This year's conference was held as usual just after the International Society of Phenomenology and Literature conference and again at the Harvard Divinity School. It was truly a reunion of friends, but there were also many newcomers. Discussion was lively on our theme "Metamorphosis Revisited," which proved to be a particularly intriguing one for the plastic arts. The exchange of ideas was spellbinding. Afterwards it continued as the Society's Secretary General Patricia Trutty-Coohill, an art historian, dialoged with several speakers through e-mail. Our dearest President, Marlies Kronegger, was with us, and we all enjoyed the camaraderie of old familiars.

This coming year's conference will be on a theme that flows from the assembly's chief interest, namely, the intriguing relationship between "Beauty, Truth and Goodness." The subtitle "Aesthetics at the Crossroads" addresses present day issues, issues that provide the theme for the conference's sections:

1. How do we distinguish between "artistic" and "aesthetic" values?

2. Which accomplishes the accomplishment of a work of art, aesthetic or artistic value?

3. Is the realization of beauty essential to the aesthetic experience in the creative process, on the one hand and in the recipient's experience, on the other?

4. How do we experience ugliness? Is not the cult of ugliness in contemporary art a symptom of the revolt against moral values and sentiments?

5. May a work of art presenting ugliness have an aesthetic value?

6. Perspectives on the beautiful and the ugly in classic and contemporary art.

7. What do we consider "truth" and "falsehood" in plastic art? (Portraiture, historical paintings, apotheosis and ridicule, etc. The hidden structure of reality, its forms, etc.)

8. What makes a work of art "great"? It certainly is great insofar as it is capable of inspiring sublime sentiments. Is this inspirational virtuality not based on an amalgam of experiences of the beautiful, true, and good?

The Conference will take place as usual at the Harvard Divinity School, May 16, 17, 18, 2003. Abstracts are due February 15; and full papers are due March 15. Owing to increases in the costs of mailing, etc., the registration fee will be $125 US.

Please note in particular: In August 2003, at the XXIst World Congress of Philosophy organized by the International Federation of Philosophical Societies (FISP), the World Phenomenology Institute's usual program shall have a session devoted to phenomenology and the fine arts. Patricia Trutty-Coohill is directing this session.  Please contact her about participation.

That Congress will take place in Istanbul, Turkey August 10-17, 2003. This will be the Institute's LIIIrd International Conference. Our general theme is "Phenomenology of Life Meeting the Challenges of the Contemporary World."  The Phenomenology and the Fine Arts section will ponder a question so striking in present-day art, "Cult of the Beautiful or Cult of the Ugly?"  It is related to the theme of our May meeting. You are invited to bring your lights to this important issue for our culture.

You are most cordially invited to join us in these provocative ventures. Please do plan and act promptly. For all correspondence concerning FISP registration, contact Turkiye Felsefe Kurumu Dernegi, Ahmet Rasim Sokak 8/2, Cankaya, 06550, Ankara, TURKEY; Fax: +90 312 441 02 97; e-mail: toc@tfk.org.tr. We would be pleased if you would pre-register with Professor Trutty-Coohill at the same time.

Our authors have already received the complimentary volume The Visible and the Invisible in the interplay between Philosophy, Literature, and Reality, Analecta Husserliana LXXV, and offprints of their articles therein.

Thanking you most sincerely for your precious collaboration in our task of renewing our view of the world and of life through art, and hoping to hear from you soon.

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

 



Letter to The International Society
for Phenomenology and the Sciences of Life

President: Francesco Totaro, University of Macerate
Secretary General: Daniela Verducci, University of Macerate
Program Director: Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, WPI

Dear Colleagues, Friends, Supporters,

This has been an eventful scholarly year for us. First of all, the World Phenomenology Institute held its LIInd International Phenomenology Conference in Rome. The site and conditions we had at the Angelicum and the Polish Academy of Sciences were so exceptional.  It was truly an intellectual and aesthetic feast.

The theme was the central issue of phenomenology/ontopoiesis of life, namely, "The Creative Experience in the Ontopoiesis of Life," around which we gathered not only a substantial amount of work treating the subject directly but also inspiring peripheral studies, both theoretical and historical.

Secondly, we have -- at long last -- finished the editing and proofreading of our encyclopedia of phenomenological learning, Phenomenology World Wide: Foundations -- Expanding Dynamics -- Life-engagements. A Guide for Research and Study. This opus is the fruit of the efforts of many of you. Your expertise has produced an excellent and unique "Guide to Research and Study of Phenomenology." In the name of the Institute, I thank all for their contributions to this magnificent achievement. Urge your librarian to obtain it for your university library! It is a must for teaching the range of phenomenology.

The papers of the Krakow conference are already out in two volumes, and we are processing for publication those of our 2002 Roman conference on "The Controversy Over the Existence of the World." You may expect it within some seven months.

We have published this year two volumes that will awaken your interest. One is on what has become an elusive issue in our day, the question of truth: Life -- Truth in its Various Perspectives. Cognition, Self-Knowledge, Creativity, Scientific, Research, Sharing-in-Life. Economics.  Furthermore, and this should intrigue especially the Merleau-Ponty scholars among you, the other volume is The Visible and the Invisible in the Interplay between Philosophy, Literature, Reality. I hope your library subscribes to our Analecta Husserliana book series. If not, prompt your librarian to acquire it, and especially our Encyclopedia!

Our International Phenomenology Conference of 2003 will be held in conjunction with the XXIst World Congress of Philosophy of the International Federation of Philosophy Societies (FISP), to be held August 10-17, 2003 in Istanbul.

Our program's theme will be "Phenomenology of Life Meeting the Challenges of the Contemporary World." We will have Sections on Phenomenology, the Social Sciences, Education, Phenomenology/ Ontopoiesis of life, Aesthetics, Phenomenology and Literature, Phenomenology and the Fine Arts, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, etc. There will be a roundtable on "Microcosm and Macrocosm, a Pervading Historical Concern." You are cordially invited to participate with a contribution on a subject close to your heart.

Please do plan and act promptly. For all correspondence concerning FISP registration, contact Turkiye Felsefe Kurumu Dernegi, Ahmet Rasim Sokak 8/2, Cankaya, 06550, Ankara, TURKEY; Fax: +90 312 441 02 97; e-mail: toc@tfk.org.tr. We would be pleased if you would pre-register with us at the same time.

Last, but not least, we are negotiating preparations for the Institute's Third Congress of Phenomenology. The first was held in Santiago de Compostela in September 1988 and its proceedings appeared in Vols. XXXIV-XXXVII of our Analecta Husserliana series. The second was held in Guadalajara, Mexico in September 1995 and its proceedings appeared in Vols. LII-LV of our Analecta Husserliana series. We will soon give the venue and other details of the third (consult our Institute website: www.phenomenology.org). At the meeting in Istanbul we will be discussing the program of our Third World Congress.

See you there!

Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

 


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