in association with

Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA
June 13-15, 2018

Keynote Speakers:
Guido Cusinato (University of Verona)
Nicolas De Warren (Penn State University)
Carlo Ierna (University of Groningen)
Lanei Rodemeyer (Duquesne University)

The Max Scheler Society of North America (MSSNA) invites members of the international community of scholars to participate in their biennial meeting at the Duquesne University Power Center, in Pittsburgh PA. The 2018 meeting will take place in conjunction with the North American Society for Early Phenomenology (NASEP).
We invite submissions on any aspect of Scheler’s thought to be sent to Dr. Zachary Davis ( The NASEP has chosen a theme of ‘Time, Memory, and Eternity.’ Submissions that highlight Scheler’s notion of time and memory are encouraged, but the theme for our meeting is open and papers on any topic in Scheler’s work will be considered.

Although completed papers are preferred, abstracts of at least 500 words in length will also be considered. Prepare your submission for blind review by including a separate cover sheet with name, title of paper, and contact information.

Deadline for submission is February 15, 2018

Notification of acceptance will be sent out by March 15, 2018

Conference Organizers: Zachary Davis, Eric Mohr, Rodney Parker, Charlene Elsby, and Jeffrey McCurry

Host: The Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center, Duquesne University


Call for Papers:


Guangzhou, China
November 24-29, 2017

The 14th International Conference of the Max Scheler Gesellschaft will take place in Guangzhou, China, at the Sun Yat-Sen University, from 24th to 29th November, 2017. Its core topic will be «Max Scheler and the Asian thought in the age of globalization».

A call for papers is hereby announced, in order to select 10 Max Scheler scholars who will receive board and lodging during the Conference. Please submit to the President of the Max Scheler Gesellschaft, Prof. Guido Cusinato (, and to Prof. Liangkang Ni (, from the Sun Yat-Sen University: a curriculum vitae, a title of the paper and a short abstract in either English or German. Please check the validity of your passport already when submitting the application.

Submissions must be sent within 1st May, 2017. The chosen candidates will be requested one photocopy of their passport, with at least 6 months validity from the day on which they will present the application for the visa. They will afterwards receive the official invitation to request the visa to the People’s Republic of China. Please remind that the visa has to be requested a couple of months before the departure.

The Conference is aimed at analyzing and developing some of Scheler’s topics in an intercultural perspective, and at comparing them with the Asian thought. Core topics will be globalization, the Ausgleich between the East and West, grief, death, emptiness of the heart, health, medicine, and happiness. In this perspective, particular importance will be assumed by some Schelerian texts such as Vom Sinn des Leiden and Der Mensch im Weltalter des Ausgleichs.

In the essay Vom Sinn des Leiden, Scheler states:

«Es gibt jeder Art von Schmerz und Leid gegenüber zwei ganz entgegengesetzte Wege, sie zu vermindern und aufzuheben. Der eine Weg ist der aktive äußere Kampf gegen die objektiven natürlichen oder gesellschaftlichen Ursachen des Schmerzes und Leidens — der resolute „Widerstand gegen das Übel“ als objektive Weltbeschaffenheit. Dieser Weg war im großen ganzen gesehen der Weg der abendländischen aktiv-heroischen Zivilisation. Der zweite Weg besteht in dem Versuche, nicht die Übel und hierdurch erst das Leiden an ihnen abzustellen, sondern das Leiden an allen möglichen Übeln von innen her zu unterbinden durch möglichst restlose und willentlich vollkommene Beseitigung des unwillkürlichen, automatischen Widerstandes, der, wie schon die Inder früh erkannt haben, ebensowohl eine Daseinsbedingung des Schmerzes und Leides ist wie der äußere Reiz, d. h. das natürliche und gesellschaftliche objektive Übel. Durch die positive geistige Kunst gerade des Nichtwiderstandes gegen das Übel — durch seine vollkommene „Duldung“ — soll hier das Leiden an ihm von innen, vom Zentrum des Lebens aus aufgehoben werden, indirekt aber das Übel selbst, da das Übel nach dieser Auffassung gar nichts objektiv Reales ist, sondern nur der dunkle Schatten, den eben unserLeiden an der Welt gleichsam auf die Welt wirft. Dieser Weg ist in radikalster, konsequentester, großartigster Form der Weg Buddhas» (VI, 55).

However, «Das buddhistische Verhalten ist genau so wenig bloße Duldung, Hinnahme, Ertragen des Leidens wie der aktivste westliche Heroismus, der in Technik, systematischer Hygiene, Therapie, Zivilisation, Kulturarbeit seinen heißen leidenschaftlichen Willen auf die Aufhebung der äußeren Übel und Leidursachen geworfen hat, die er für real. Gerade dieser westliche aktive heiße Wille, das Leiden bis zu seinem kleinsten Atom und bis in seine tiefste Wurzel ganz und radikal aus der Welt zu schaffen — diese Zielidee des Willens und der fanatische Glaube an die Möglichkeit, dieses Ziel auch praktisch zu erreichen —, verbindet Buddha mit den Erscheinungen des aktivsten westlichen Heroismus» (VI, 57).

The text that best expresses Scheler’s intercultural perspective is Der Mensch im Weltalter des Ausgleichs (1927). The concept of Ausgleich is fairly complex. In some respects, by the term “Ausgleich” Scheler means something similar to what we call today “globalization”. In this process, Scheler sees some dangers as well as opportunities. Indeed, he refers to two forms of Ausgleich: one that results into military conflict, destruction and leveling, and one that conversely leads to growth, flourishing and respect for differences. Understanding the logical processes that drive towards one direction or the other becomes therefore essential for the destinies of mankind.


Perception and Aesthetic Experience
Starting from Noe’s Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature

San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy 2017 (SRSSP 2017)

Milan, May 22nd – 24th, 2017

What is art? Why does it matter to us? What does it tell us about ourselves?

In his book Strange Tools: Art and Human Nature (Hill and Wang, New York, 2015), the philosopher Alva Noë tries to answer these questions by proposing a philosophical theory that investigates the artistic practice and the aesthetic experience in relation to many other human activities. Noë’s main idea is that the artistic practice is a re-organizational practice by means of which we put on display and investigate several organizational activities of ours, such as dancing or making pictures. Investigating our practices, art investigates ourselves too.

“Works of art put our making practices and our tendency to rely on what we make, and so also our practices of thinking and talking and making pictures, on display. Art puts us on display. Art unveils us to ourselves” (Noë 2015, 101).

However, Strange Tools is not just a book on art and artistic practice. Indeed, dealing with these topics, the author addresses also some of the main topics of his previous production: the nature of perception and the enactive proposal, the nature of pictures and representations, the extended thesis about our minds and cognitive processes, the place of neurosciences in the study of the mind, and so on.

We invite submissions by graduate and PhD students, as well as Postdocs and Experienced Researchers, on any of the topics addressed by Alva Noë’s Strange Tools. Art and Human Nature, as well as on any related topics addressed by the author in his previous works. Submissions on aesthetics and perception from other perspectives (e.g. theories different from Noë’s one) are also very welcome.

Possible questions to investigate include (but are not limited to):

– What is perception? Can the enactive model be a good one to describe and explain how we perceive?

– Is the Extended Mind Thesis a tenable one? Should we think of a necessary limitation of such an extension?

– What is the nature of pictures and representations?

– What is art? How can we define the artistic practice and the works of art? Is Noë’s position on these topics embraceable?

– Can a neuro-aesthetic approach appropriately explain the aesthetic experience? In the negative case, should it be combined with other approaches or should it be completely rejected?

Keynote Speaker
Alva Noë (University of California, Berkeley)

Invited Speakers
Clotilde Calabi (University of Milan)
Vittorio Gallese (University of Parma)
Bence Nanay (University of Antwerp)
Alberto Voltolini (University of Turin)
Marco Tettamanti (San Raffaele Scientific Institute)

Submissions must be prepared for double blind review. Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information and they cannot exceed 4000 words (spaces and references included). Moreover, they must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet containing:

– The name of the author(s),

– Title of the submitted paper,

– The author’s affiliation (if any) and contact information,

– An abstract of no more than 250 words,

– 4/5 keywords.

For stylistic details, see

Submissions should be sent to by the 15th of February, 2017. Acceptance will be notified by the 17th of April, 2017. Accepted papers will be selected for presentation and for publication on the related issue of Phenomenology and Mind (

Important dates
Deadline for submissions: February 15th, 2017
Notification of acceptance: April 17th, 2017
Spring School: May 22nd – 24th, 2017
Publication of the issue: July, 2018

Scientific Direction
Roberta De Monticelli, Francesca De Vecchi, Francesca Forlè, Elisabetta Sacchi

Organizing Committee
Bianca Bellini, Silvia Bianchi, Chiara Boldorini, Antonella Carbone, Erminio Maglione, Sarah Songhorian

New Trends in Philosophy

Young Researcher Special Issue

Deadline for paper submission: March 15th, 2017
The issue will be published by September 2017

 Call for Papers
Phenomenology and Mind invites submissions for a special issue dedicated to “New Trends in Philosophy”. The issue will gather the works from young philosophers all around the world in order to draw a picture of the directions in which philosophy is heading. The CfP is especially directed to master and PhD students, post-doctoral fellows, and young researchers. The main purpose of this special issue is to provide a critical overview of some of the most interesting topics and methodologies from the current philosophical debate. The issue will present state-of-the-art research in theoretical and experimental philosophy, with a particular focus on:(1) Philosophy of Language and Linguistics
(2) Logic, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Science
(3) Phenomenology and Social Ontology
(4) Philosophy of Mind and Cognition
(5) Ethics, Metaethics, and Political Theory.

In line with the interdisciplinary spirit of the Journal, possible areas of inquiry include (but are by no means limited to):

(1) Semantics and Pragmatics, Context Dependence, Speech Acts, Disagreement;
(2) Logical Pluralism, Theories of Truth and Non-Classical Logics, Grounding and Explanation;
(3) Fact/Value Dichotomy, Personhood and Personality, Intentionality, Collective Agency, Intersubjectivity;
(4) Extended Mind and Extended Cognition, Empathy and Social Cognition, Neurophenomenology;
(5) Social Injustice and Implicit Bias, Value Theory, Ethics and Information Technology, Ethics of Clinical Research.

Phenomenology and Mind is the Journal of the Faculty of Philosophy of San Raffaele University (Milan). It was founded in 2011 and since then has hosted works of outstanding philosophers such as Lynne Baker, Thomas Fuchs, Anna Elisabetta Galeotti, Shaun Gallagher, Margaret Gilbert, Jürgen Habermas, Edward Harcourt, Robin Jeshion, Dieter Lohmar, Michael Pauen, John Searle, Nadia Urbinati, and many others. The journal is anonymously peer-reviewed and open-access. We are committed to publishing papers of high academic quality and making them accessible to a wide audience. Submissions from underrepresented groups in philosophy are particularly encouraged.

Invited Authors
This special issue will host invited papers by Valeria Giardino (CNRS, University of Lorraine), Beatrice Magni (University of Milan), Teresa Marques (Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona), and Giuliano Torrengo (University of Milan).

Guest Editors
Laura Caponetto (Vita-Salute San Raffaele University, Milan)
Bianca Cepollaro (Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa – Institut Jean Nicod, Paris)

Submission Details
Submissions should be sent to by March 15th, 2017. E-mails containing submissions should bear the title “PaM NTP submission”. Manuscripts should not exceed 25,000 characters in length (spacing and references included) and they should be in .doc format. For stylistic details, see Submissions must be prepared for double blind review. Manuscripts should not contain any identifying information and must be accompanied by a separate cover sheet containing

● the name of the author(s),
● the title of the submitted paper,
● the author’s affiliation (if any) and contact information,
● an abstract of no more than 700 characters (spacing included).

Notification of acceptance will be sent by May 15th, 2017.

For any further information, please contact:;

The Max Scheler Society of North America

In conjunction with

The North American Society for Early Phenomenology


Feeling, Valuing, and Judging:
Phenomenological Investigations in Axiology

May 19-21 2016
St. John’s University
Manhattan Campus


For more information, contact:
Zachary Davis, MSSNA President

CFP: Meeting of the Max Scheler Society of North America

The Max Scheler Society of North America (MSSNA) invites members of the international community of scholars to participate in their biannual meeting, which will be held at St. John’s University, Manhattan Campus. The 2016 meeting will take place in conjunction with the North American Society for Early Phenomenology (NASEP), with sessions from each society running concurrently.

Broadly conceived, the general theme of the meeting is the phenomenology of value or axiology. The MSSNA is particularly interested in papers examining Max Scheler’s contribution to the study of value and the relevance of his work to recent investigations. Papers examining the significance of value in Scheler’s thought are not restricted to his ethics and may concern any aspect of his work. For this meeting, the intent is to have a program that reflects the tremendous diversity of Scheler’s thought and relevance of value in human existence.

Participants will have approximately 35 minutes to present their work. Though completed papers are preferred, abstracts of at least 500 words in length will also be considered. Deadline for submission is December 15, 2015.

All submissions should be sent electronically to Dr. Zachary Davis ( Because all submissions will be reviewed blindly by the selection committee, submissions should have a separate cover sheet with name and contact information. Notification of acceptance will be sent out by January 31.

CFP via PhilEvents

The Opening of the Manfred Frings Papers

The 2-day event will be held at Morris Library, Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. September 3 & 4, 2015. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, September 3rd

6:30 p.m.: Karen Frings, “Manfred S. Frings: A LifeTime

Friday, September 4th

9:30 p.m.: Zachary Davis, “Scheler and the Experience of Living”

10:45 p.m.: Anthony Steinbock, “Reclaiming the Evidence of the Heart”

1:30 p.m.: Kenneth Stikkers: “‘Time’ and Memories: In Honor of Manfred S. Frings”

Meeting of the Max Scheler Society of North America

In conjunction with the Central APA, Palmer House Hotel, Chicago, IL, Feb. 26 – March 1, 2014


Wednesday, February 26, 7-9pm

  • Chair: Dr. Eugene Kelly, New York Institute of Technology
  • “Husserl’s “Logic” of Valuing and its Relation to Scheler’s Intentional Analysis of Affective Perception”Dr. Tommaso Perrone, Università del Salento
  • “Wholes, Parts and Values. A Phenomenological Argument in Defense of Axiological Realism”
  • Dr. Roberata De Monticelli, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan
  • Commentary: Dr. Eugene Kelly

Thursday, February 27, 9am-12pm

  • Chair: Eric Mohr, Duquesne University
  • “Fantastic Love of the World: On the Metaphysics of Redemption”Thomas Ruble, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
  • “Scheler’s Phenomenology of Love and the Modern Crisis of Culture”Saboura Hajialiorakpour, University of Tehran
  • “The significance of the Saint in the process of God-actualization in Max Scheler’s Philosophy“Evrim Kutlu, Universität Köln
  • “The Value of Beauty: Scheler on the Importance of Art”Dr. Susan Gottlöber, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Reception, Thursday Evening, 5-7pmMain Lobby, Palmer House Hilton Hotel Hosted by Karin Frings

Friday, February 28, 7-10pm

  • Chair: Dr. Zachary Davis, St. John’s University
  • “Illusory Experiences :A phenomenological clarification of the ‘Quasi-lie’”Dr. Roberta Guccinelli, Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan
  • “Max Scheler’s Christian Democracy and Its Religious Phenomenology Basis”Li Jing, Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • “Plurality and Unity in Max Scheler and Carl Schmitt”Dr. Olivier Agard, Université Paris-Sorbonne
  • “Scheler and the First World War”Dr. Michael Gabel, Universität Erfurt, GermanyThe program for the entire meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association can be found online at:

News from Roberta De Monticelli & the SRSSP team:

  • I take this opportunity to inform everybody that the new bilingual German-Italian translation (with footnotes and critical apparatus, index and two introductory essays) of Max Scheler’s Formalismus is now out (Bompiani, Milan 2013). If somebody were interested in a review of it (I’m addressing the Italian colleagues quite particularly, but not exclusively) it can be published immediately on our www.Phenomenologylab, and later on – if in English – on our online journal, Phenomenology and Mind. The last issue of it, by the way, devoted to such Schelerian topics as “The place of valus in a world of norms”, ediited by Francesca Forlè and Sarah Songhoria, is now out too: take this opportunity as well to inform everybody that the home page of the San Raffaele Spring School of Philosophy (SRSSP) – June 3-5, 2014 is now online at: announces the Spring School to be held at San Raffaele University on June 3-5, 1914, on the issues of Lynne Baker’s last book, Nauralism and the First Person Perspective. Lynne Baker will be keynote speaker, other invited are: Dermot Moran (Dublin) Michael Pauen (Berlin) M. De Caro (Rome), Massimo Reichlin (Milan S. Raffaele), Michele Di Francesco (Pavia).On the bottom left side you will find the links to all relevant information. We would be grateful for helping us with circulating information about the call for papers (see related section, with the Easychair submission page) among D.Phil Students or junior researchers you may know to be interested in the subject. Don’t hesitate to email any further question to Roberta De Monticelli ( – or, for more practical-technical-logistic questions, to this email address: socialworld@unisr.itWith our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year,Roberta De Monticelli and the SRSSP team
    • Call for Papers: San Raffaele (Milan) Philosophy Spring School, June 3-5, 2014 on Lynne Baker’s last book: Naturalism and the First Person Perspective

News from Dietrich Gottstein, Secretary of the Forum Münchener Phänomenologie International (FMPI), who reports:

  • I founded the FMPI Forum Münchener Phänomenologie International e.V. (or Forum Munich Phenomenology International) with the aim of serving the worldwide diaspora of this branch, in early 2012 with company of Wolfhart Henckmann, who was the last one teaching in Munich in succession of Hedwig Conrad Martius’ start 1945, and Hans Rainer Sepp who had been promoted under Eberhard Avé-Lallemant. The latter became Chairman, Barbara Maria Buzzi of Zurich was elected Chashier and [I am] the Secretary ……. The FMPI has about 35 registered members in 15 countries at present, some of their names appear on your Chicago Meeting’s schedule, and most of them joined due to word of mouth. But having dropped that legal care burden I will be able to dedicate much more of my activity to the FMPI matters in future.Not officially issued on our agenda is a meeting in Prague in May for editorial planning, being aware that the BSB – Munich State Library – [has in its possession] some Scheler material that Manfred Frings had to leave undone.Further, adding to the BSB topic, we shall foster studies there and publication of the legacies of those of the Munich branch. The first fruitful preparation and support last year was for our member Dr. Daniel Sobota from Bydgoszcz (Poland) University, who works on Johannes Daubert. Also, we shall try to help when it comes to translations where the full depth of the spectrum of meanings of German terminology counts….This year ‘Phänomenologie und Realität ‘, the habilitation work of [my step-father,] Eberhard Avé-Lallemant will appear in print and we shall further start re-publishing important texts in German plus those of younger researchers … in a new series.2016 will be the 50th anniversary of Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ death, she is meanwhile unknown or at least underestimated of her ontological genius, and FMPI considers to organise a congress in Munich on her memory….Until then we hope to be a few steps on towards a re-astablishment of orderly teaching of Munich Phenomenology at LMU – the Munich university.Hope this will be of interest to you folks, and
    kind regards,Dietrich Gottstein
    FMPI e.V – Secretary