The Collegium Phaenomenologicum will convene for its thirty-sixth annual session in the Umbrian town of Città di Castello, from July 11–29, 2011. The Collegium is intended for faculty members and advanced graduate and postdoctoral students in philosophy and related disciplines. The core of the program consists in a series of lecture courses, individual lectures, and intensive text-based seminars. A Participants Conference will be held July 9–10.  The theme for this year’s Collegium is Philosophy, Truth, and the Claims of Art.

Many philosophers since the end of the eighteenth century have raised the concern that philosophy is oriented by questions that it does not itself have the resources to address.  How are we to understand the question of truth in an age of such crisis?  This year’s Collegium will focus on several philosophers who suggest that not only philosophy or science but also the work of art makes distinctive and original claims to truth.  These figures not only thereby elevate the status of the philosophical study of art from its comparatively peripheral position in modern aesthetics but also develop approaches that challenge us to rethink the very ideas of philosophy and truth themselves.  The topic of this year’s Collegium will lead to discussion of several related matters, for example, the limits of philosophy, the nature of language, the plurality of the arts, and the relevance of the arts at the present historical juncture.  In addition to the figures under consideration in the lecture courses, others, such as Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Adorno, and Derrida may be examined.

Courses and Instructors

The Truth of Beauty: On the Critique of Judgment

Lecture course by John Sallis, Boston College

Hegel,  Spirit and Earth:  On the Idiom of Truth and the Movement of Life in the Work of Art

Lecture course by Dennis J. Schmidt, Pennsylvania State University

Truth and Appearance:  Aesthetical Considerations Concerning Nietzsche and Heidegger

Lecture course by Günter Figal, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg

Housing and Costs

Participants will be comfortably housed at Hotel Le Mura (***) in the historic center of Città di Castello. The cost for room and board (full pension) will be approximately €37.50 (double occupancy) and €50 (single room) per day. The program fee for the three-week session will be €275. The deadline for applications is February 15, 2011.