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Since January 2018 I am working on a PhD project which investigates the relation between second-personal engagements and collective intentionality, supervised by Prof. Dan Zahavi. I hold a BA and a MA in Philosophy from the University of Graz (Austria) as well as a MA in Continental Philosophy from University College Dublin (Ireland).
The aim of my PhD project is to investigate the significance of early phenomenological accounts of sociality for the contemporary understanding of we-experiences: How can we adequately describe experiences of togetherness and define the conditions under which the ‘we’ emerges? While the current research has already benefited greatly from a re-discovery of classical phenomenological theories of social reality (e.g. Husserl, Scheler, Stein, Walther), the resources offered by the phenomenological movement are by no means exhausted. My project seeks to introduce a new perspective on our understanding of we-experiences by drawing on (a) the work of lesser well-known phenomenologists from the Munich and Göttinger Circles (most notably D. von Hildebrand, T. Litt, S. Frank, and K. Stavenhagen).
In particular, my project explores the following issues:
- Does the ‘we’ arise on the basis of an I-Thou relation, as Husserl asserts, or does it constitute an entirely different type of relation, as von Hildebrand claims?
- Can we conceive the I-Thou relation as a relation of recognition or ‘Achtung’? What is the role of ‘Achtung’ or solidarity for the constitution of communities?
- Are shared values necessary for the constitution of a ‘we’?
- Can the step from the ‘I’ to the ‘we’ be established through a purely dyadic relation? What is the role of the third person in the formation of a ‘we’?
This PhD project is part of the larger project "You and We: Second-Person Engagement and Collective Intentionality", directed by Dan Zahavi and funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark.
Fall 2018: MA-course ‘Empathy and Interpersonal Understanding’ (together with Felipe León)
I am also supervising BA- and MA-theses in areas related to my research, i.e. classical phenomenology, social philosophy, social ontology. Please do not hesitate to contact me for supervision inquiries.