Workshop: At the Limits of Transcendental Phenomenology

A phenomenological workshop organized by the research project European Rationality in the Break from Modernity: Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics.

Date: March 11-12, 2011.

Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24, seminar room, 1st floor.


Friday, March 11

Keynote Speaker 16:15–18:00

Rudolf Bernet (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium): Transcendental Phenomenology?

Abstract: There can be a phenomenology that does not understand itself as a phenomenology of a transcendental constituting conscious subject. Likewise, there can be a transcendental phenomenology that is not an eidetic science of the apodictically necessary structures of pure consciousness. In other words, within phenomenology there are also limits to sense-formation and limits to the general essential characterization of transcendental consciousness. In both cases, one should respect these limits rather than attempt to transcend them since the ultimate ground of all phenomenology lies in nothing else than the facticity of our experience. This does not mean, however, that the phenomenologist should be constrained by this facticity and be satisfied with simply narrating the history of his own experiences. In the end, the experienced phenomena themselves determine which science of them is possible and to what extent a scientific elaboration of its descriptive findings is congenial to phenomenological research.

Saturday, March 12
(Venue: Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, Fabianinkatu 24, seminar room, 1st floor.)

Session I: 10:15–11:45
Sara Heinämaa: Transcendental Intersubjectivity, Personhood and Normality
Timo Miettinen: Towards a Transcendental Social Ontology

Session II: 12:00–13:30
Mirja Hartimo: Scientific Objectivity and the Transcendental
Joona Taipale: From the Lived-Body to the Body-Ego: Psychoanalytic Foundations of Phenomenology

LUNCH 13:30–15:00

Session III: 15:00–16:30
Simo Pulkkinen: Husserl and the Historicity of the Transcendental Subject
Jussi Backman: The End of the Transcendental? Post-Husserlian Transformations

The workshop is open to all. Welcome!

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Rudolf Bernet is a professor in Katholieke Universiteit Leuven as well as the current director of the Husserl Archives at the same university. He is a well-known scholar of phenomenology, especially its Husserlian current, and has written extensively on the topics of transcendental philosophy, temporality, and psychoanalysis. He is the author of several books and articles on phenomenological philosophy, including Conscience et existence: perspectives phénoménologiques (2004), La vie du sujet: recherches sur l’interprétation de Husserl dans la phénoménologie (1994), and An introduction to Husserlian phenomenology (1993, together with with Iso Kern and Eduard Marcbach). He is also the editor of the Husserliana volume on time-consciousness (2001).

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The workshop is a part of the seminar series on phenomenology and transcendental philosophy organized by the ERBM project:

For further information, please contact Timo Miettinen (

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