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James McGuirk (PhD, K.U. Leuven, Belgium). James McGuirk is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Centre for Practical Knowledge, University of Nordland, Norway. His research interests include the philosophy of subjectivity, practical reasoning and metaphilosophy. He has published on the work of major thinkers in the phenomenological tradition, especially Husserl, Heidegger and Lévinas.


Peter Reynaert is professor of philosophy and head of the Department of philosophy at the University of Antwerp (Belgium). He obtained his PhD at the University of Leuven (supervisor R. Bernet) on the problem of the Geisteswissenschaften in Husserlian phenomenology. He published mainly on the questions of naturalism in phenomenology and contributes to contemporary debates about the possibilities and limits of naturalistic explanations of conscious embodiment. Articles appeared in Husserl-Studies, Phänomenologische Forschungen, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Bulletin d'analyse phénoménologique and other journals


Carlo Ierna is Postdoctoral Fellow of the Research Foundation Flanders (FWO) and is currently working at the Husserl-Archives Leuven. He has a Master's degree both in Philosophy and in Cognitive Artificial Intelligence from Utrecht University and obtained his PhD in Philosophy from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His research focuses on early Husserl and the School of Brentano, other interests include the history and philosophy of logic and mathematics in the 19th and early 20th century.


Emiliano Trizio studied physics at the University of Padua and philosophy of science at the London School of Economics. He completed his PhD on Husserl’s phenomenology at the University of Paris X and at the University of Venice Ca’ Foscari. He has been professor at Panthéon-Sorbonne, Lille 3, Venice Ca’ Foscari and Seattle University. At the moment, he works at the University of Nancy 2. Among his publications we cite: Incommensurability and Laboratory Science (Philosophia Scientiae, 8-1, 2004); How many sciences for one world? Contingency and the Success of Science, (in Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, 39, 2008); Réflexions husserliennes sur la mathématisation de la nature (Cahiers d’histoire et philosophie de la science,56, 2008); Built Spaces for World-Making (in Environment, Space, Place, 1, 2009).


Søren Engelsen is a PHD-fellow at University of Southern Denmark, Department of Philosophy. He is currently researching fundamental issues in ethics, with pre-linguistic experience of value as a central focus of attention. In his dissertation, he is engaging axiological analysis inspired by the Continental tradition of phenomenology (drawing mostly on Husserl and Scheler) in contemporary metaethical discussions in the Analytic tradition.


Søren Engelsen; University of Southern Denmark; Department of Philosophy; DK-5230 Odense, Denmark. Mail: soeng@ifpr.sdu.dk / soerenengelsen@gmail.com






 Nicoletta Ghigi is Fellow and Assistant Professor of Theoretical Philosophy (Filosofia teoretica) at the University of Perugia. Her investigation is concerned with classic Phenomenology and contemporary Philosophy. Recent publications: Translation and introduction to: E. HUSSERL, La storia della filosofia e la sua finalità, Città Nuova, Roma 2004; La metafisica in Edmund Husserl, FrancoAngeli, Milano 2007: L'orizzonte del sentire in Edith Stein, Mimesis, Milano-Udine 2011; The Real-Constitution in Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Realontologie, in “Axiomathes. An International Journal in Ontology and Cognitive Systems”,Springer,http://www.sringerlink.com/content/015510g830,“Axiomathes” 18,4(2008), Phenomenology and Ontology in Nicolai Hartmann and Roman Ingarden, in R. Poli J. Seibt (eds),."Theory and Applications of Ontology”, Springer, Dordrecht.2010, pp. 329-347; Teleologie, in Husserl-Lexikon, Hrsg. H-H. Gander, WBG, Darmstadt 2010, pp. 280-282; La fenomenologia della vita in Edith Stein, in A. Ales Bello F. Alfieri M. Shahid (eds.), Edith Stein – Hedwig Conrad-Martius - Gerda Walther, Laterza, Bari 2011, pp. 479-504; Il concetto naturale di mondo in Husserl, in E. Baccarini- M. D'Ambra, P. Manganaro – A.M. Pezzella (edd.),Persona, Logos, Relazione. Una fenomenologia al plurale, Città Nuova, Roma 2011, pp. 176-192.



Hanne Jacobs is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Chicago. She earned her PhD from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2009 with a dissertation on Husserl and Leibniz. While in Leuven, she was a member of the research center of the Husserl-Archives. She is the editor of a series of Husserl's lecture courses on the history of philosophy that will be published in the Husserliana Materialien series as: Einleitung in die Philosophie 1919/20. She has also recently co-edited a book for the Phaenomenologica series titled: Philosophy, Phenomenology, Sciences: Essays in Commemoration of Edmund Husserl. Her current teaching and research interests include the fields of twentieth-century European philosophy, phenomenology, modern philosophy, and questions concerning personhood and self. She is currently working on a book on Husserl’s phenomenology of self-constitution. 




Panos Theodorou (1965), holds a degree in Physics and a PhD in  philosophy (/Thought Experiments: A Husserlian-Phenomenological  Analysis/, 2000, in Greek) and is now nominated Assistant Professor of  philosophy at the University of Crete (Greece). He is author of the book  /Perception and Theory as Practices: Phenomenological //Exercises on the  Constitution of Objectivities/(2006; in Greek) and publishes also  internationally articles on Phenomenology, philosophy of science, and  philosophy of emotions and values. He has translated in Greek and  commented the corpus of the texts written by Husserl and Heidegger for  the ‘Britannica Artikel’project (2005) and Husserl’s /Crisis of the  European Sciences/ (Parts I and II) (2012).


Abraham Olivier, (South Africa) is Professor and Head of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Fort Hare, South Africa. In addition to this he is Editor of the "South African Journal of Philosophy". Olivier obtained his PhD from the University of Tübingen under the supervision of Professor Günter Figal and has held lecturing and research posts at the Universities of Tübingen, Stellenbosch, Hamburg and Padua. He is the author of "Being in Pain" as well as numerous international peer-reviewed articles on issues of mind, time, space, language, ethics, society and nature.


José Ruiz Fernández (1970), holds a degree in Telecommunication Engineering and a degree and PhD in philosophy (On the Meaning of Scientific Empiric Knowledge - A Phenomenological Investigation, 2004, in Spanish). He is currently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). He is author of the book On Phenomenology, (2008, in Spanish). He has published several articles on issues concerning the aim and method of phenomenology, philosophy of language and problems within the phenomenological tradition.


Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo (Ph.D University of Texas at Arlington)


Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo teaches philosophy at the University of Texas at Arlington in the United States. Her areas of specialization are social ontology, value theory, Austrian philosophy, and philosophy of economics. Her work is influenced by the contributions of the 19th-20th Century Austrian philosophers and economists. Her present research is focused on Husserl’s mereology, and Stein’s notions of empathy and community. Her paper titled “Phenomenological Ontology: Stein’s Third Way” is forthcoming in Edith Stein, Hans Reiner Sepp (ed.), Traugott Bautz. Also forthcoming is an entry on community for the Encyclopedia of Corporate Social Responsibility, Springer. She also has research interests in the philosophy of Adolf Reinach and Roman Ingarden, as well as in collective intentionality, value ontology, ethics and technology, and Catholic social thought.



George Chirita, (Bucharest)  holds a Ph.D. with a thesis on generating of meaning in mass-media, based on references to the phenomenology of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty. He has published several studies in art theory. He worked as scientific researcher at the Institute of Art Theory in Bucharest. He has lectured in audiovisual communication theory in media universities in Bucharest, proposing a phenomenological approach based on Levinas’s  philosophy and on the post-structuralism of Derrida. He had experience in public relations as spokesman of the Central Bank of Romania and as chief of public relations department of the Bucharest Stock Exchange. He is now director of the Association of Romanian Televisions.


Nathan Phillips  is a PhD candidate in Philosophy of Religion at the University of Chicago. His dissertation is focused on the theory of value in Husserl’s phenomenology. Nathan teaches in the Department of Philosophy at Saint Xavier University in Chicago, and is an assistant in the Humanities Core Program at the University of Chicago. He is currently preparing an article for publication on the ethics of renewal in Husserl.


Susi Ferrarello is currently teaching at the Loyola University (JFRC) and at Florence University of the Arts. She obtained her Ph.D at the University of La Sorbonne. Her research interests include mainly Husserl’s phenomenology, focusing on ethics. She published on Husserl’s ethics Il progetto etico e l’idea di scienza (Libreria Universitaria), L’idée de science éthique husserlienne et ses implicationes dans le cadre de la phénoménologie” (Etudes Phénoménologiques, 2007-8, pp. 37-65),  “On the Rationality of Will in James and Husserl, European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy, 2, 2009.