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Final Program

Thursday, June 22


Andrew Shennan, Dean of Wellesley College

Moderator: James Dodd (The New School)

Dermot Moran (University College Dublin): Husserl’s Transcendental Philosophy
Commentator: Tom Nenon (University of Memphis)

Tom Nenon (University of Memphis): Differences Between Kant’s and Husserl’s Conceptions of Transcendental Philosophy
Commentator: Dermot Moran (University College Dublin)

Thane Naberhaus (Mount St. Mary’s): Husserl’s Transcendental Idealism and the Problem of the An-Sich
Commentator: Bill McKenna (Miami University)

1:00-2:30 Buffet Lunch


Moderator: Olga Vishnyakova (North Seattle Community College)

Charles Bonner (Independent Scholar): Husserl’s Crisis and Ours
Commentator: Jonathan Imber (Wellesley College)

Corinne Painter (Michigan State): On Animal Psyche, Empathy and Moral Subjectivity
Commentator: Mitch Jones (Catholic University of America)


Moderator: Michael Kelly (Boston College)

Walter Hopp (Boston University): Sense, Perception and Interpretation in Husserl’s Theory of Intentionality
Commentator: John Drummond (Fordham)

Daniel Dwyer (Xavier University): Cognitive Desire and Horizonal Intentionality
Commentator: Gretchen Gusich (Boston College)

Tarjei Mandt (University of Tromsń): Experience and Experiencing in Husserl
Commentator: Abe Stone (UC, Santa Cruz)

Friday, June 23


Moderator: Ronald Bruzina (University of Kentucky)

James Dodd (The New School): Synthesis, Passivity, and Logic
Commentator: Burt Hopkins (Seattle University)

Dallas Willard (USC): Williamson’s Non-Phenomenological Approach to Knowledge
Commentator: Tarjei Mandt (University of Tromsń)

Richard Cobb-Stevens (Boston College): Husserl’s Unfinished Philosophy of Science
Commentator: Rosemary Rizo-Patron (Pontificia Universidad Catˇlica del Per˙)

12:45-2:30 Lunch Break


Moderator: Daniel Dahlstrom (Boston University)

Claudio Majolino (UniversitÚ de Lille): Is categorial intuition the analogon of sensible intuition?
Commentator: Andrea Staiti (UniversitÓ di Torino)

Christian Lotz (Michigan State): Plastic Perception and Bildliches Sehen. A Critique of Husserl's Theory of Picture Consciousness
Commentator: Andrea Staiti (UniversitÓ di Torino)

Jeremy Smith (Otterbein College): The Phenomenological Reduction and Aesthetic Experience
Commentator: Kem Crimmins (Penn State)

5:30-6:30 Book Session
Edmund Husserl and Eugen Fink: Beginnings and Ends in Phenomenology, 1928-1938

Moderator: Lester Embree (Florida Atlantic University)

Kathleen Haney (University of Houston)
Dermot Moran (University College Dublin)
Commentator: Ronal Bruzina (University of Kentucky)

6:30 Reception and Dinner

Saturday, June 24


Moderator: Richard Cobb-Stevens (Boston College)

Mark Brown (Murdoch University): The Place of Description in Phenomenology’s Naturalization
Commentator: Mike Shim (Denison)

John Hartmann (Southern Illinois, Carbondale): On the Problem of Affection in (and after) Husserl’s Analyses of Passive Synthesis
Commentator: Paul Gyllenhammer (St. John’s University)

11:45-1:15 Lunch Buffet


Moderator: Dan Dwyer (Xavier University)

John O’Connor (Boston College): The Absurdity of Modern Epistemology According to Reid & Husserl
Commentator: Thane Naberhaus (Mount St. Mary’s)

David Netherton (University of Wales): Will to Constitution: Recollecting Husserl’s “Die Ziel und Aufgaben der Metaphysik”
Commentator: Mary Troxell (Boston College)

Michael Kelly (Boston College): Husserl, Bergsonism and the Sense of the Past in General
Commentator: Rex Gilland (Southern Connecticut)


Moderator: Burt Hopkins (Seattle University)

Saulius Geniusas (The New School): On Husserl’s Phenomenology of Givenness
Commentator: Dennis Skocz (Independent Scholar)

Joanna Hodge (Manchester): Distinction Between Ideal and Natural Language
Commentator: Joe Lawrence (Holy Cross)

John Drabinski (Hampshire College): Phenomenology After Auschwitz: Reconsidering Adorno
Commentator: Eric Sean Nelsen (UMass, Lowell)


Business Meeting


Letter, HC Secretary,

May 17, 2006

Dear Colleague:

Spring Greetings!

Please find below the tentative program for this year’s meeting of the Husserl Circle, which is being convened by Nicolas DeWarren and hosted by Wellesley College.

If you are interested in moderating a session, please notify the Convenor ( by June 7.

If you are not current with your Husserl Circle membership dues, please take a moment to become so. Please remember that the Circle requires that all members on the program are current with their dues. In order to avoid confusion between conference fees—which are collected by the Convenor at the conference site—and dues, we ask that the dues be sent directly to the Secretary of the Husserl Circle. Please either use the convenient PayPal link on the Circle’s web page to make your payment or make your checks out to: The Husserl Circle.
Looking forward to seeing many of you in Wellesley, for what looks to be another exceptionally strong conference.

With best wishes,
Burt Hopkins


January 19, 2006

 Dear Colleagues,

 I am pleased to announce the following hotel arrangements and travel information for the 36th Annual “Husserl Circle” Conference at Wellesley College (June 22-24, 2006).

Wellesley College is located approximately 12 miles west of Boston in the town of Wellesley. I have reserved blocks of rooms at three local area hotels. Conference participants are responsible for their own reservations and should refer to the “Husserl Circle Conference” or “Philosophy Conference at Wellesley” in order to benefit from special conference rates. Each hotel, located approximately 10 minutes from Wellesley College, has specific conditions on cancellation policies and booking dates. On each day of the conference, I have arranged for a morning and evening shuttle service that will transport attendees to and from the college. Please note that none of the hotels are within walking distance from the campus! ]

I have deliberately not many any arrangements with hotels in Boston. Boston hotel prices are significantly more expensive and placing conference attendees in Boston would have added substantial travel time to and from the campus each day (Boston roadways are extremely congested during morning and evening rush-hours). If you would like to make your own independent hotel accommodations in Boston, you can reach Wellesley Campus either by car or by public transportation.

By car from Boston: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (I-90) West to Exit 15 (Weston/I-95/Route 128). Travel south 2 miles on I-95/ Route 128 for 2 miles to Exit 20B (Framingham/Worcester/ Route 9 West). Drive west on Route 9 for 3.9 miles. Watch for the green Weston Road/Weston sign. Immediately after that sign, take the exit marked Wellesley/Needham. At the end of the ramp, turn right onto Weston Road. Drive 1 mile to the traffic light at the intersection of Route 135. Turn right onto 135 West and drive one-half mile to the first traffic light, which will be at the main entrance of the College (College Road). Turn left onto College Road. Visitors may park in the Davis Parking Facility, immediately to the right after the main entrance.

There also exists a commuter rail service linking Wellesley and Boston. From the Amtrak terminal at South Station, take the Framingham/Worcester Commuter Rail to the Wellesley Square stop ( The Commuter Rail schedule can be accessed on-line or at 1-800-392-6100. The commute is approximately half an hour. You may also take the Commuter Rail to Wellesley from Back Bay Station. Note: there are three stations in the town of Wellesley. You want to exit at “Wellesley Square.” Go up the stairs and turn left onto Crest Road; follow Crest a short distance over a bridge that spans the rail-line. Take a right onto Central Street. Walk five minutes to the second set of lights. Cross the street to the entrance of the College. Allow twenty minutes to walk to your destination on campus (

In order to meet the diverse needs of conference attendees, I have selected three different area hotels.

1). Holiday Inn Boston / Newton (tel: 617-969-5300 / Conveniently located at the terminal of a public transportation metro line (known as the “T”), the Holiday Inn Boston / Newton offers an excellent setting if you would like to enjoy direct access to Boston from your hotel. The hotel is next to the Green Line terminal “Riverside” connecting you to downtown Boston ( within 30-40 minutes. The hotel features a full service restaurant and lounge, outdoor pool, and fitness center. If you are traveling by car, the Holiday Inn is ideally located off Route 128 (I 95), within a mile of the Rte. 128 / Mass Pike intersection. I have reserved a block rooms from Wednesday, June 21 to Monday June 26. Reservations made after Monday, May 22 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates. Special conference rate has been set at $119 per night (not including taxes).

Directions to the Holiday Inn from Logan International Airport ( Taxi rides from Logan airport to the Holiday Inn Boston / Newton will cost roughly $30-40 (but do ask before you enter a taxi since rates seem to increase over-night). If you decide to take public transportation, count on a solid one hour ride. At Logan, take the free shuttle bus to the MBTA Airport Subway stop. Take the Blue Line Inbound four stops to “Government Center.” Go upstairs and change to the Green Line. Ride an Outbound subway marked "RIVERSIDE-D" to “Riverside,” the final destination on the “D” line. Please note that the Green Line has different “stems,” each indicated with a letter—you must take a “D” train to reach “Riverside,”otherwise you’ll end up somewhere else, and far, most likely at Boston College.

2). Crowne Plaza Boston / Natick, situated in the midst of a sprawling mall complex (with restaurants, movie theatre, and plenty of stores) is accessible by either car (exit 13 off the Mass Pike; bear right after toll-booth, turn left at second traffic light and follow sign to Rte. 9 East) or from Logan airport with the “Framingham Logan Express” ( bus service. The Crowne Plaza has a full service restaurant, bar and spacious atrium lounge. Please note that this hotel is not connected directly to any public transportation to Boston. The hotel does provide complimentary shuttle service to local bus and rail links to Boston. I have reserved rooms from Wednesday, June 21 to Monday June 26. Reservations made after Monday, May 22 will be provided on a space available basis at prevailing rates. Special conference rate has been set at $119 per night (not including taxes).

Directions to the Crowne Plaza from Logan Airport: The “Framingham Logan Express” ( is a convenient and reliable bus service (round trip $20; single fare $11) with a transit time of 30-45 minutes. For service schedule, you may look on-line or call 1-800-23-LOGAN. At the “Framingham Logan Express” terminal, the Crowne Plaza has a courtesy phone that allows you to call for a complimentary shuttle bus to the hotel. Taxis service to the hotel from Logan Airport is prohibitively priced at roughly $60-70.

3). Travelodge Boston / Natick (tel: 508-655-2222 /

Travelodge Boston / Natick is a literally a stone’s throw away from the Crowne Plaza. Rooms have a 25” color TV with cable and a coffee maker. I have reserved rooms from Wednesday, June 21 to Monday June 26. Room reservations must be made before May 21 in order to benefit from the conference rate. Special conference rate as been set at $67.15 per night (not including taxes).

Directions to the Travelodge from Logan Airport: Follow directions to Crowne Plaza via
Framingham Logan Express.” The Travelodge does not provide any shuttle service. I recommend using the Crowne Plaze shuttle service and walking from the Crowne Plaza to the Travelodge (not even a two minute walk).

All conference sessions will take place in the Wellesley College Club ( On Thursday and Saturday, conference attendees are invited to a lunch buffet. On Friday evening, conference attendees are invited to a reception buffet. Vegetarian options will be available at each meal. There is no obligation or charge to these events; spouses, partners, and friends are welcome, though if you plan to invite guests, please send me an email for planning purposes.

Should you have any specific questions regarding your travel or hotel arrangements, please do not hesitate to email me. Please refrain from directing your queries to the administrative assistant in my department.

A final reminder that abstracts or completed papers should be submitted (preferably by surface mail) no later than March 1, 2006.

I looking forward to greeting you in June,

Nicolas de Warren




Announcement: Next HC Conference in Boston

October 17, 2005


Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased announce that the 36th Annual Meeting of the Husserl Circle will take place at Wellesley College from Thursday, June 22 through Saturday, June, 24 2006.

Wellesley College ( is an undergraduate college located on a 450-acre campus approximately 12 miles from Boston in the town of Wellesley, Massachusetts. Founded in 1870 under the motto Non Ministrari sed Ministrare, Wellesley College is dedicated to providing a liberal arts education to women.

Due to the location of the campus and the poor infrastructure of public transportation in the Boston area, I have decided to make hotel rooms available in select hotels in Boston as well as areas surrounding the town of Wellesley. I will arrange shuttle buses to and from area hotels on the days of the conference (morning and evening). In addition, a commuter rail link connects the town of Wellesley to the center of Boston (the walk from the Wellesley commuter station to the campus is approximately 15 minutes). A lunch buffet will be provided for all participants on Thursday as well as an evening dinner on Friday evening.

Members will recognize that I have opted to reduce the traditional four day conference schedule to the three days of Thursday through Saturday. In my experience, the half-day session on Sunday draws a smaller crowd of attendees and unfairly reduces the audience for presenters. Understandably, Sunday is for many conference participants either a necessary travel day or an opportunity to explore the hosting campus and/or its location. Boston is a thriving metropolitan city with a numerous entertainment venues, commercial centers and museums. In keeping Sunday free, I hope that members will have the opportunity to explore Boston or make their required travel arrangements.

A consequence of reducing the conference to three days is that I must be stricter in accepting conference papers. The number of submitted papers has grown steadily over the past few years and the travel funding for many of us depends on either presenting or commenting. Given these factors, I propose that preference be given to 1) completed papers and 2) individuals who have never presented before. Papers should have a reading time of 20-30 minutes, followed by discussion time of 20-30 minutes. Paper submissions should be sent directly to me either by email ( or surface mail (I prefer surface mail). The deadline for paper or abstract submissions is March 1, 2006. Decisions will be announced on April 1, 2006.

I will make available in due course local area hotels in which I have reserved blocks of rooms, directions to the Campus, and other useful information for your travel arrangements.

I look forward to welcoming you in June, 2006 to Wellesley College.


Nicolas de Warren


Letter, HC Secretary,

October 13, 2005

Dear Colleague,

The 35th annual meeting of the Husserl Circle at University College Dublin this past June in Ireland was an immense success. Special thanks are in order to Convenor Dermot Moran, who did a superb job of assembling a first-rate program and attending to the every need of the 50 plus members and friends of the Circle in attendance. The level of presentation and discussion was once again very high.

The following first time participants were duly elected into the Circle at the Business meeting:

Lilian Alweiss (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland)
Michael Barber (St. Louis University)
Eileen Brennan (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Stefania Centrone (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa, Italy)
Ivan ChvatÝk (Center for Theoretical Study, Charles University, Prague)
Charles H. Hotton (London, UK)
Julia Jansen (University College Cork, Ireland)
Ian Leask (Mater Dei Institute, Dublin)
Tim Mooney (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Kevin Mulligan (Geneva, Switzerland)
Felix O Murchadha (National University of Ireland, Galway)
Brian O’Connor (University College Dublin, Ireland)
Tanja Staehler (University of Sussex, UK)
Gina Zavota (Kent State University)

The 2006 meeting of the Circle will take place at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts, June 22-24. A letter from the Convenor, Nicloas de Warren, is enclosed. Information about the meeting will periodically be updated on the Circle’s web site (

The members in attendance voted to accept Ivan ChvatÝk’s invitation to host the 2007 meeting of the Circle in Prague, in conjunction with the Jan Patočka 100 year conference, April 25-28.

With best wishes,

Burt Hopkins



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