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Thomas Nenon

Professor Nenon (PhD, University of Freiburg) joined the department in 1985. He worked as an editor at the Husserl-Archives and instructor at the University of Freiburg before coming to University of Memphis. His teaching and research interests include Husserl, Heidegger, Kant and German Idealism, Hermeneutics, and the philosophy of the social sciences. He has served as review editor for Husserl Studies, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, and as Director of the Center for the Humanities. His current research interests include Husserl's theories of personhood and subjectivity and Kant and Hegel's practical philosophy.

Curriculum vitae


Selected Publications

Objektivität und endliche Erkenntnis: Kants transzendental¬philosophische Theorie der Wahrheit, Freiburg/Munich: Alber Verlag 1986.

Edmund Husserl, Husserliana, Vol. XXVII: Aufsätze und Vorträge 1922-37, co-edited with Hans Rainer Sepp from shorthand manuscripts, with an introduction by the editors, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989.

Edmund Husserl, Husserliana, Vol. XXV: Aufsätze und Vorträge 1911-21, co-edited with Hans Rainer Sepp from shorthand manuscripts, with an introduction by the editors, The Hague: Nijhoff 1987.

“Husserl’s Conception of Reason as Authenticity” in Philosophy Today 2004, pp. 65-72.

“Freedom, Responsibility and Self-awareness in Husserl” in Neues Jahrbuch für Phänomenologie und phänomenologische Philosophie (2002), pp. 1-21.

Originary Temporality, the Origin of Modality, and the Question of the Limits of Toleration in Heidegger’s Being and Time” in: C. Monteagudo and R. Rizo-Patron (eds.), Interpretando la Experiencia de la Tolerancia (Lima: Fondo Editorial de la PontificiaUniversidad Católica del Perú 2006), pp 107-122.

"Two Models of Foundation in the Logical Investigations" in: Bert Hopkins (ed.), Husserl in the Contemporary Context: Prospects and Projects for Transcendental Phenomenology, Dordrecht: Kluwer 1997, pp. 159-177.

"Freedom, Responsibility, Character: Kant's Concept of Personhood," in Jahrbuch für Recht und Ethik I (1993), pp. 159-168.

"Systematic Assumptions in Dilthey's Critique of Metaphysics," in International Studies in Philosophy, 22 (1990), pp. 41-57.


Recent & Upcoming Presentations

“Confrontations with Modernity: Hegel, Husserl, and Heidegger” at an international conference sponsored by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research, New Delhi 2009.

“Feelings and Reason in Husserl’s Lectures on Ethics 1920-24” at OPO III, Chinese University of Hong Kong, 2008 and the international conference “Space of Phenomenology: on the 150th Anniversary of Edmund Husserl” in Moskow 2009.

“Reason in Husserl’s Phenomenological Philosophy”: Three Sessions at the Inaugural Workshop of the Symposia Phaenomenologica Asiatica, Master Class in Phenomenology for Asian Scholars, Hong Kong 2007.

“Transitions between Worlds:The Centrality of the New School for Social Research in the Philosophical Life of Werner Marx” at a conference “The Golden Age of the New School,” New York 2007.

“The Limits of Applied Ethics and the Specific Role of Phenomenology in Biomedical Ethics” at the international conference “The Future of Applied Phenomenology” at Seoul National University, Seoul 2007.

“Worldhood and Finitude: Some Remarks on Ronald Bruzina’s Phenomenological Beginning: Edmund Husserl and Eugen Fink 1927-1938" at the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Philadelphia 2006.

“Wisdom as Deciding Which Life to Love: Heidegger’s Appropriation of Aristotle” at the international conference Philia and Sophia: Ten Years of Phenomenology in Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong 2006.

“The Necessity and Impossibility of a New Beginning in Philosophy through Phenomenology” at the Inaugural Conference of the Archive for Phenomenology and Contemporary Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong 2006.

“Seebohm’s Variations on Husserl’s and Dilthey’s Theories of Understanding” at Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Salt Lake City 2005.

“Some Differences between Kant’s and Husserl’s Conceptions of Transcendental Philosophy” at the Korean-American Phenomenology Meeting, Memphis 2004 (also presented as a lecture at Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto 2004 and at the Second Meeting of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations, Lima 2005).

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