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What is SIF?

"SIF" stands for "Středoevropský Institut Filosofie" ("The Central-European Institute of Philosophy"). The Institute promotes philosophy and transdisciplinary research. It achieves its goals through a specific curriculum and research, emphasizing the transdisciplinary and intercultural aspects and international cooperation. Furthermore,it hosts workshops and conferences,participates in several publishing activities and promotes the exchange of students and professors.

Research Project: Eugen Fink and French Phenomenology

From 2021 to 2023, the SIF is conducting a three-year research project on Eugen Fink and French phenomenology in cooperation with the Bergische Universität Wuppertal, which is bilaterally funded by the DFG and GAČR. Cathrin Nielsen, Alessio Rotundo and Alexander Schnell are participating at Bergische Universität Wuppertal and Lutz Niemann, Karel Novotny and Hans Rainer Sepp at SIF.

The project examines the influence that Eugen Fink’s thought has had on 20th century and contemporary French philosophy. This is essential not only for understanding the development of phenomenology in France, but also for the history of phenomenology in general. While the birthplace of phenomenology was in Germany, it spread to other countries with the second generation of phenomenologists and with a focus on its reception in France from the 1930s onward. Today, especially the dialogue between the German- and French-speaking members of the third and fourth generation of phenomenologists plays a main role.

Against this background, the genuine form of Fink’s work and its significance for contemporary philosophizing in general will be elucidated by this project. In doing so, the exploration of central motifs in Fink’s thought is laid out around the two main thematic axes of methodology and cosmology, which will allow the integration of other research areas related to Fink. In addition to these research goals, the overall aim of this project is to work together with the newly founded Eugen Fink Zentrum in Wuppertal on the edition of the Eugen Fink Complete Work Edition and to establish a worldwide network that will give Fink research the greatest possible visibility.