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Phenomenology of Violence

2.-4. April 2019

Tuesday (Room 4S4):

11:00 - 12:30 Violence: A Philosophical Problem.

13:30 - 15:00 Exploring Interactive Violence: A Slap in the Face.

Wednesday (Room 4S4):

11:00 - 12:30 Exploring Social Violence: Racism.

13:30 - 15:00 Exploring Collective Violence: War.

Thursday (Room 4S4): 

11:00 - 12:30 The Peculiarities of Religious Violence.

The phenomenological movement advocates Edmund Husserl’s famous “return to the things themselves”, which aims to retrieve their forgotten meaning latently presupposed in our everyday immersion in the world as well as in various theoretical approaches. The phenomenon of violence, especially for the phenomenological approach, poses a challenge and arouses important questions. Is the phenomenology of violence possible? What is the “meaning” of violence? How it is structured and constituted? How does it call for critical reflection of phenomenological method? What is the significance of phenomenological account of violence in relation to other approaches? How can phenomenology contribute to contemporary discussions concerning the problems of violence and related issues, e.g. racism or religious violence? These questions will be addressed by Michael Staudigl in his lectures during the event One Week with… 

Michael Staudigl is a lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy at Vienna University. As a phenomenological philosopher, he applies the phenomenological method and insights to tackle various contemporary significant issues, mostly the problem of religion after so-called post-secular turn and violence in its manifold manifestations. He is the author of Phänomenologie der Gewalt (Springer 2015), which will be soon published in English translation and edited or co-edited Phenomenologies of Violence (Brill 2013), Schutzian Phenomenology and Hermeneutic Traditions (Springer 2013), Gesichter der Gewalt (Wilhelm Fink 2014) and others. 

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