Guest lecture with Bernhard Waldenfels: Responsive Phenomenology - Thinking and Acting from Elsewhere.

What does it mean - philosophically and ethically - to look at migration from a refugees perspective? Bernhard Waldenfels, one of Europes leading philosophers, gives his answers in this lecture.

Professor em. Dr. Bernhard Waldenfels Photo: copyright © Uwe Dettmar/Suhrkamp Verlag

In addition to the lecture, there will be an open seminar in room 304, Domus Theologica, from 12.15-3.00 PM. Short papers will be presented by Professors Bente Larsen (Jean-Luc Nancy), Werner Jeanrond (Marion), Svein Aage Christoffersen (Heidegger and Løgstrup) and Trygve Wyller (Ahmed/Waldenfels).

About the lecturer

Prof. em. Dr. Bernhard Waldenfels is a highly distinguished German philosopher, who in his scientific work has been concerned with responsive, bodily anchored phenomenology, building on the works of philosophers such as Edmund Husserl and Alfred Schütz, as well as more recent French philosophy, especially Jacques Derrida, Michel Foucault, Emmanuel Levinas and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 

He has particularly addressed the concept of the stranger. He problematises ordering, as he sees alienness in relations to an order. From this perspective the stranger emerges as extraordinary, on who cannot be perceived or experienced within orders, one who has no place in the order.

Since 1976, Waldenfels has been a professor of philosophy at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, emerited in 1999. He was one of the founders of  the German Society for Phenomenological Research (der Deutschen Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Forschung).

Of his most important works translated to English, we find Phenomenology of the Alien (2011); The Question of the Other (2007) and Order in the Twilight (1996). He has also contributed to the book Refugees (2016), a collaboration with the photographer Roland Fischer and the sociologist Stephan Lessenich.

Prof em Dr. Waldenfels will stay at the Faculty of Theology, University of Oslo during his visit, and has generously agreed to participate at events both at the Faculty, at the Goethe Institut Norwegen, as well as with NORDHOST researchers. 

Published Mar. 18, 2019 4:14 PM - Last modified Mar. 18, 2019 8:35 PM