THE PRINCIPAL PURPOSE and desired consequence of Institute programs and publications is an ever deepening critical inquiry into and understanding of the central and governing principles of Edmund Husserl's phenomenology, both in their own terms and in terms of their subsequent extension and contemporary disclosure and development.

Edmund Husserl

The Institute shares the universalist impulse of Husserlian phenomenology, which sought and aspired to the creation of a mathesis universalis or universal science able to maintain the fully integrated relation of various and diverse fields of intellectual inquiry in a cohering and coherent worldview. The range of Institute research interests and full dimension of Institute programs and publications -- extending across the arts and humanities, and reaching out toward the natural sciences--is evidence of that ambitious and fundamental Husserlian premise and philosophy.

The Institute similarly assumes as its own the Husserlian injunction to phenomenological philosophers to serve as a "functionary" or servant of human interests in a century of cultural crisis and intellectual confusion. The philosopher working in a phenomenological mode ought thus aspire to join that which is falsely and arbitrarily disjoined, and in so doing demonstrate the unity of human knowledge and the possibility of deep communication and higher philosophical understanding.

It is to that end that the Institute organizes and advances multidisciplinary events and encounters between scholars drawn from various and distinct fields of higher education. It is to that end as well that the Institute, in the person of Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, has traveled the world over three decades in order to bring phenomenology to an ever increasing number of world cultures and philosophical traditions.

Tatematsu, Murata,
Tymieniecka, and Nitta
at the Salzburg Congress

The new millenium and new communication technologies hold out the promise of an increasingly interconnected and reciprocally engaged world community. Certainly the new communication technologies have changed and enhanced the nature and practice of philosophical inquiry to such a degree that an international community of scholars and a "world" institute are now more fully realizable than at any time in the past. The Institute is joined to that effort, and in process of further extending its participation in world intellectual culture and further disseminating the methods and principles of advanced phenomenological inquiry and understanding.



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