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Readings and Schedule for Winter 2023

The readings, dates, and times for the next series of webinar meetings.  We will be reading and discussing portions of Husserl’s second volume of Ideas at each meeting.  Here is a link to the internet archive pdf of the book should you need it: https://archive.org/details/IdeasPartIi.

1) 12 noon EST Friday, Feb. 17, 2023.  Section One and Two Recording

2) 12 noon EST Friday Mar 24, 2023.  Section Two Recording

3) 12 noon EST Friday April 28, 2023.  Section Three. Recording

4) 12 noon EST Friday May 26, 2023.  Supplements and Discussion of Lived Experience

Readings and Schedule for Fall 2022

From Peter Costello:

In his Ideas Pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology and to a Phenomenological Philosophy Husserl gives a powerful introduction to phenomenology as a method of description of lived experience.  The subject of much discussion, the first volume of this project attempts to lay out many of the important topics that Husserl later pursues individually.  Eidetic intuition (the direct perception of essences), the natural attitude and phenomenological reduction, the structure of perceptual consciousness (noesis and noema), and the transcendental or pure character of consciousness that reveals itself within the reduction–these are each the subject of important initial discussions in this systematic work.

I propose that we read together one large section in each meeting.  We will stick very closely to the text and we will hold off from bringing in other Husserlian works or the work of commentators until after we have gone together through each section as if for the first time.  We will move slowly, sometimes poring over one paragraph, and yet still try to balance our time so that we can make it through one chunk in a two- to three-hour meeting.

Each session, I will pose some questions or speak for a brief period (15 minutes or so) on the topics of the day.  But these are actions of mine that are designed to get those present to discuss in a democratic way the issues as they arise in the text.  The point of the webinar is for each of us to wrestle with this text as if a new topology.  We want to walk through the book together, without trying to outdo one another as scholars or as participants.  This requires practice and patience from all of us.  Mutual participation in a venture such as this is somewhat difficult but very pleasant when we can find new meanings to works that we thought we knew.  So questions are welcome as are insights that take what Husserl writes and apply it to our direct lived experience of everyday situations, things, other persons, etc.

Because the focus will be on the text itself and on building a community of readers, we will not necessarily be talking a great deal about religious experience per se.  However, the discussion of this book is methodically important to building up a phenomenological possibility of describing religious experience.  How one understands perception as such, consciousness as such, etc. will have a lot to say about how one understands the experience of the sacred or the divine.

Lecture 1, Sept 23 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L2HaPkaQtyg  Ideas 1 (up to section 43) 

Lecture 2, Oct 14 2022 https://youtu.be/6pA4TlwkUvw Ideas 1 (sections 33-62, focus on sections 33, 34, 35, 37, 38, 41, 42, 44, 46, 47, 49, 50, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, and 60)

Lecture 3, Nov 18 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0Ypzu2rS1g Ideas 1 (sections 50-86, focus on sections 50, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 63, 65, 67, 69, 70, 75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, and 86)  

Lecture 4, Dec 16 2022 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WyE1zuoyir4 Ideas 1 (section 80-127, focus on 80-86 on reflection and hyle/morphe; 87-93, 95-96 on noesis/noema and attention; 97-101, 104-106 on noematic levels, doxic modalities; 109-111, 113-119 on neutrality modification, backwards references; 121, 122, 124 on syntheses, expression)

Lecture 5, Jan 13 2023 https://youtu.be/72LYEfib4uY  Ideas 1 (sections 97-127)

Readings: http://dhspriory.org/kenny/PhilTexts/Husserl/Ideas1.pdf

Email contact: dr.petercostello@gmail.com

Past webinars

Summer-Fall 2021

Hart, J. G. Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology. (Springer, 2020). 

Video Recordings of 2021 meetings: (click here) with James Hart, the author of Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology, and Rodney Parker, the editor.


Summer-Fall 2020

Husserl, Edmund. 2001. Logical Investigations. V.1. Trans. J.N. Findlay. Dordrecht: Springer.
Companion texts:
Hart, J. G. 2020. Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Ontological Phenomenology. Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
Zahavi, Dan. 2002. One Hundred Years of Phenomenology: Husserl’s Logical Investigations Revisited. Dordrecht: Springer.

Winter-Spring 2020

The dates for the webinar January 24, February 21, March 27, April 17, May 1, May 22, June 19 (all Fridays)
Times, as before, will be 10-12 noon Pacific Time.
Readings: Michael Barber, Religion and Humor as Emancipating Provinces of Meaning (Springer, 2017).
Companion texts:
Dermot Moran and Joseph Cohen, The Husserl Dictionary (Continuum, 2012)
Timothy Mooney and Dermot Moran (eds.), The Phenomenology Reader (Routledge, 2002).
The book requires basic familiarity with the concepts of passive synthesis and internal time consciousness, so you may want to have at hand Husserl’s books The Phenomenology of Internal Time Consciousness, and, ideally, Analyses Concerning Passive and Active Synthesis

Winter 2018-Spring 2019

Husserl, E. The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy. Translation and Introduction by D. Carr. Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology & Existential Philosophy. Evanston, Il: Northwestern University Press, 1970.

Spring – Summer -Fall 2018

Edmund Husserl. Cartesian Meditations  (D. Cairns, trans.). Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer, 1993 (or earlier editions).

Fall 2017

Zahavi. D. 2002. Husserl’s Phenomenology. Stanford: Stanford University Press, supplemented by Sokolowski, R. 1999. Introduction to Phenomenology, Cambridge University Press.

The dates for the Fall are Oct 13 ( Zahavi ch.1 and 2), Nov 10 (ch.1. and 2), Dec 1 (ch. 3). There will be talks scheduled in between these dates.

Summer 2017

Reading group continued Fridays, 10-12 am PDT.  Access to reading group is now available to members, apply at membership@sophere.org

Taipale, Joona. Phenomenology and Embodiment : Husserl and the Constitution of Subjectivity. Northwestern University Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy. Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2014.

Spring 2017

February 17  Reading Group                                                                           

March  10 Reading Group (Jana Trajtelova facilitating)                                 

April 7  Peter Costello (Providence College)  Givenness and Explication: Phenomenology As Being-Towards the Margins                                             

April 21  Sam Mickey (University of San Francisco),  Living the Epoché: A Phenomenological Realism of Religious Experience                                       

April 28 Reading Group                                                                                         

May 4  Joona Taipale (University of Jyväskylä) the author of the Phenomenology and Embodiment.

12 Special lecture: Jingjing Li (McGill University, Canada) Ālambana-pratyaya and the Question of Other Minds in Later Chinese Yogācāra


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