I, Thou, and We: Phenomenological Perspectives

CFS Workshop


The starting event of the CFS project “You and We: Second-person Engagement and Collective Intentionality”, funded by the Independent Research Fund Denmark, will focus on phenomenological and philosophical perspectives on I, Thou, and we. In the last years, the second-person or I-Thou relationship has gained increasing attention in philosophy and psychology, but its interrelations with the first-person plural or we-perspective have been relatively neglected. Importantly, the notions of I, Thou, and we are not newcomers to the philosophical conceptual landscape. They have a rich and complex history, which includes contributions by thinkers like Hermann Cohen, Martin Buber, and several figures of the phenomenological tradition, including Edmund Husserl, Emmanuel Levinas, and Karl Löwith. The aim of the workshop is to investigate the topics of I, Thou and we from a historical perspective, though in a way that also highlights the potential relevance of resources from classical phenomenology and the history of philosophy for contemporary discussions about the second-person perspective and collective intentionality.


Confirmed Speakers

Name   Position Affiliation
Petar Bojanic Professor & Director, Institute for Philosophy and Social Theory (IFDT) University of Belgrade
Michael Fagenblat Senior Lecturer, Department of History, Philosophy and Jewish Studies Open University of Israel
Felipe León Postdoc, Center for Subjectivity Research University of Copenhagen
Ashraf Noor Scholar, Researcher Zurich James Joyce Foundation
Dan Zahavi Professor & Director, Center for Subjectivity Research University of Copenhagen












This conference is free and open to all, but registration is required. Find the full information, including the programme, organizer details, and registration at our website event page here.


03 May 2018 - 04 May 2018

1:15 pm - 12:00 pm

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