Brief Biographies

David Carr is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Emory University (Atlanta) and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research (New York). His research interests are phenomenology, Husserl, philosophy and theory of history, narrative theory. Publications: Time, Narrative and History (1986), The Paradox of Subjectivity (1999), Experience and History (2014).

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Chong-Fuk Lau is Professor of Philosophy at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses primarily on the philosophy of Kant and Hegel, but his areas of competence cover major figures in Western philosophy from Aristotle through Descartes to contemporary analytic philosophy. He is the author of Hegels Urteilskritik (2004), A New Interpretation of Hegel (2014 in Chinese), a number of articles in Kant-Lexikon (2015) and numerous papers in journals such as The Review of Metaphysics, Idealistic Studies, Perspektiven der Philosophie, Kant-Studien, Kantian Review, Kant Yearbook, Hegel-Jahrbuch and The Owl of Minerva.

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Bret W. Davis is Professor of Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland. His research focuses on Continental philosophy (esp. Heidegger, phenomenology, and hermeneutics), on East Asian philosophies (esp. Zen Buddhism and the Kyoto School), and on cross-cultural philosophy. His books include the monograph, Heidegger and the Will: On the Way to Gelassenheit (Northwestern University Press, 2007), as well as the coedited volumes, Sekai no naka no Nihon no tetsugaku [Japanese Philosophy in the World] (Shōwadō, 2005), and Japanese and Continental Philosophy: Conversations with the Kyoto School (Indiana University Press, 2011). He is currently editing The Oxford Handbook of Japanese Philosophy.

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Rolf Elberfeld studied Philosophy, Japanology, Sinology, History of Religion in Wuerzburg, Bonn and Kyoto. He received his PhD form the University of Wuerzburg and did his Habilitation at the University of Wuppertal. He is Full Professor of Philosophy at the University of Hildesheim. His fields of research are Intercultural Philosophy, Comparative Aethetics/Ethics, Phenomenology, Japanese Philosophy, Philosophy of Language and the body. Books: Kitaro Nishida (1870-1945). Moderne japanische Philosophie und die Frage nach der Interkulturalität, Amsterdam 1999; Phänomenologie der Zeit im Buddhismus. Methoden interkulturellen Philosophierens, Stuttgart 2004; Sprache und Sprache. Eine philosophische Grundorientierung, Freiburg i. B. 2012.

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Hans Feger is Adjunct Professor for Philosophy at Free University Berlin. He studied philosophy, literature and history (Dr. phil. 1995; Habilitation 2004). He is specialized on German Idealism, Existentialism, Moral Philosophy and Aesthetics in an Intercultural Context. His recent publications are: Die Macht der Einbildungskraft in der Ästhetik Kants und Schillers (1995, Japanese translation 1996); Poetische Vernunft. Moral und Ästhetik im Deutschen Idealismus (2007); Handbuch für Literatur und Philosophie (2012). He has published numerous books as editor and many articles on Practical Philosophy, German Literature, Moral Theory and Aesthetics. He coordinates the German-Asian Graduate Group of Humanities at Free University Berlin.

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Yvonne Förster, I currently hold a position as Jun.-Prof. of Philosophy of Culture and Art at Leuphana University Lüneburg, Dep. of Philosophy and Art Science. My research focuses on Theories of Embodiment, Phenomenology, Interdisciplinary Anthropology, Aesthetics, Fashion Theory and Philosophy of Time. Some publications: (2012, Single Author Monograph) Zeiterfahrung und Ontologie. Perspektiven moderner Zeitphilosophie.(Experience and Ontology of Time. Perspectives of Modern Philosophy of Time), München: Fink. (2016a, forthcoming) The Neural Net as Paradigm for Human Selfunderstanding, in: Leefman, Jon, Elisabeth Hildt (eds.), The Human Sciences after the Decade of the Brain, Elsevier.

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Saulius Geniusas is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Received his PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research in New York (2008) and was an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at James Madison University (2008-2012). His work primarily engages Continental philosophy, especially phenomenology and hermeneutics. Geniusas is the author of The Origins of the Horizon in Husserl’s Phenomenology (Springer 2012). He has also published thirty plus articles in various philosophy journals and anthologies. Phenomenology of pain and phenomenology of imagination constitute his main areas of interest at the moment.

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Tonino Griffero (1958) is full professor of Aesthetics (University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Italy). He is editor of “Sensibilia. Colloquium on Perception and Experience” (Milan); “Atmospheric Spaces. Aura, Stimmung, Ambiance”; “Percezioni. Estetica & Fenomenologia” (Milan); “Lebenswelt. Aesthetics and Philosophy of Experience”. Areas of competence: Hermeneutics, Aesthetics, New Phenomenology. Latest Books:Il corpo spirituale. Ontologie "sottili" da Paolo di Tarso a Friedrich Christoph Oetinger (2006); Storia dell'estetica moderna (2008); Atmosferologia. Estetica degli spazi emozionali (2010); Quasi-cose. La realtà dei sentimenti (2013); Atmospheres. Aesthetics of Emotional Spaces (2014); Il pensiero dei sensi. Atmosfere ed estetica patica (2016). 
Bibliography: http://www.sensibilia.it/Griffero.html

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Volker Heubel, Lecturer at the Institute of Philosophy, Tongji University in Shanghai, Post-doctor from Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, Ph.D. in Philosophy from Würzburg University, M.A. in Chinese Studies, Philosophy and Comparative Studies of Religion from Tübingen University. Research stays at Dôshisha University in Kyôto and Ôsaka University. Research areas: Comparitive Philosophy and Aesthetics, philosophical Daoism, East-Asian tea culture, Phenomenology. Recent publications: Moments of the way: Aspects of the way of tea in the constellation of Rombach, Hisamatsu and Laozi, (in German), Bochum: projektverlag 2014, „Aspects of tranquillity in Laozi, (in German)“, in:Zeitschrift für Qigong Yangsheng 2015, 24-39.

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Kohji Ishihara, PhD, is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. His areas of research include Phenomenology, Philosophy of Psychiatry, and Philosophy of Disability. His recent publications include “Descriptive Methods and the ‘Dysfunction’ Model in Psychiatry (Japanese)”, Philosophy of Science: Journal of the Philosophy of Science Society, Japan, 47,2 (2014): 27-42; “Learning from tojisha kenkyu: Mental health ‘patients’ studying their difficulties with their peers”, Disability Research Today. International Perspectives. T. Shakespeare. London, Routledge: 27-42 (2015); K. Ishihara, (ed.), The Study of Tohjisha Kenkyu (study by afflicted persons themselves), Tokyo: Igakushoin (2013) (Japanese).

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Hilge Landweer is Professor of Philosophy at Free University of Berlin. Her areas of specialization include phenomenology, social philosophy, ethics, and interdisciplinary gender studies. Her most recent areas of interest have been philosophy of emotions and philosophy of law. She published a number of articles and three monographs including "Scham und Macht. Phaenomenologische Untersuchungen zur Sozialitaet eines Gefuehls" (Shame and Power Relations. Phenomenological Investigations of the Sociality of Emotion) 1999, and "Philosophie der Gefuehle. Von Achtung bis Zorn" (Philosophy of Emotions. From Respect to Anger), with Christoph Demmerling, 2007. Her volume about "Law and Emotion" (coeditor: Dirk Koppelberg) has just been published. Currently she is working on a book project "The Sense of Appropriateness".

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Leung Po Shan is Lecturer at the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing, Hong Kong Baptist University; Interest of research: Phenomenology, Chinese Philosophy, Dialogue between Chinese and Continental Philosophy, Buddhism, Japanese Philosophy; Important publications:〈從海德格爾的《黑皮本》追溯‘存在問題’── 背後隱藏的問題與解答〉, “Trace back to the ‘Question of Being’ in Heidegger’s Black Notebooks: the hidden Questions and Answers”Po-shan, L., Eigentlichkeit als Heideggers Wegmotiv – von Sein und Zeit zur Seinsgeschichte (in German), English: Authenticity as Heideggerian Motive from Being and Time to History of Being, (Waldkirch: Edition Gorz, 2007).

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Junichi Murata is currently Professor of Philosophy at Rissho University (Tokyo). He studied at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, The University of Tokyo. His main research area is Phenomenology and the philosophy of science and technology. His major book publications include Perception, Technology, and Life-worlds, UTCP Collection 1, The University of Tokyo, 2007, (in English); Philosophy of Colors, Iwanami-shoten (Tokyo), 2002 (in Japanese); Philosophy of Technology, Iwanami-shoten, 2009 (in Japanese).

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Hermann Schmitz was born in 1928. He received his PhD in 1955 and habilitated in 1958. He was professor of philosophy at the University of Kiel and is founder of the 'New Phenomenology'. He published more than 50 books including: „System der Philosophie in 5 Bänden“ (1964-1980); „Bewusstsein“ (2010); „Der Leib“ (2011); „Das Reich der Normen“ (2012); „Ausgrabungen zum wirklichen Leben. Eine Bilanz“ (2016).

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Jan Slaby is Junior Professor for Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy Emotion at Freie Universität Berlin. One aim of his work is the development of a non-mentalist phenomenological account of personhood (with affinities to enactivism, extended mind, embodied mind approaches). A more recent orientation is toward the affective dynamics of social interaction and toward a ‘political philosophy of mind’. This relates to a further research interest in the methodology of interdisciplinary affect studies, and on bringing philosophy in conversation with recent work in cultural studies, including postcolonial, feminist and critical race theory. Selected Publications; Book; Slaby, J. (2008). Gefühl und Weltbezug. Die menschliche Affektivität im Kontext einer neo-existentialistischen Konzeption von Personalität. Paderborn: mentis 2008. Edited Volume: Choudhury, S./Slaby, J., eds., (2012). Critical Neuroscience. A Handbook of the Social and Cultural Contexts of Neuroscience, Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell.

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Tanja Stähler (PhD Bergische Universität Wuppertal) is Reader in Philosophy at the University of Sussex. Her areas of specialisation are Plato, Hegel, Phenomenology, Existentialism, and Continental Aesthetics. Her publications include "Die Unruhe des Anfangs. Hegel und Husserl auf dem Weg in die 'Phänomenologie'", "Plato and Levinas. The Ambiguous Out-Side of Ethics" (in German and English), "Phenomenology: An Introduction" (with Michael Lewis) and several articles. Her current research focuses on pregnancy, birth, and being with infants, from a phenomenological perspective.

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Tae-Hee Kim. Current position: Assistant Professor in Konkuk University. Areas of research: Phenomenology, Modern European Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Sciences. Important publications: “The Finitude of Transcendental I: Husserl’s Analysis of Limit-Case”, CHUL HAK SA SANG (38), 133-164, 2011, (in Korean); “Phenomenological Analysis of Constitution of Objective Time: On the Basis of Edmund Husserl's Theory”, CHUL HAK SA SANG (48), 125-155, 2013 (in Korean); Phenomenological Meditation on Time, 2014, Seoul (in Korean).

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Tani Toru was born in 1954. He studied philosophy at Keio University (Tokyo) and was awarded a Ph.D. from Tohoku University (Sendai). He has taught philosophy at various colleges and universities and has been a professor of philosophy at Ritsumeikan University (Kyoto) since 2003. His main research interests are the phenomenology of nature and the phenomenology of interculturality. Major books in Japanese are Ishiki no Shizen (Physis of Consciousness, Tokyo: Keiso Shobo 1998), a systematic and encyclopedic study of Husserl’s phenomenology and its subsequent development, and Kore ga Genshogaku da (This is Phenomenology, Tokyo: Kodansha 2002), an introduction to phenomenology.

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Tze-wan Kwan is professor of philosophy and former chairman of the Department of Philosophy, as well as founding director of Research Centre for Humanities Computing and of Archive for Phenomenology and Contemporary Philosophy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He completed his Dr.phil. at the Ruhr-Universität Bochum, with the dissertation Die hermeneutische Phänomenologie und das tautologische Denken Heideggers (Bonn: Bouvier, 1982), and has since authored three books in Chinese, including most recently Articulation-cum-Silence: In Search of a Philosophy of Orientation (Hong Kong: Oxford University Press, 2008; Beijing: Peking University Press, 2009). Kwan has also published in Chinese, English, or German numerous articles and book chapters on Kant, Husserl, Heidegger, Jakobson, Wilhelm von Humboldt, Unamuno, and various thematic issues, including phenomenology, philosophy of religion, historiography of philosophy, philosophy of language, language politics, and more recently the phenomenological interpretation of the Chinese language and script.

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Bernhard Waldenfels, geb. 1934 in Essen, studierte Philosophie, Psychologie, klassische Philologie und Geschichte in Bonn, Innsbruck, München und Paris. Er ist Professor Emeritus für Philosophie an der Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Ehrendoktor der Universitäten Rostock und Freiburg, Mitbegründer der Deutschen Gesellschaft für phänomenologische Forschung. Gastprofessuren in Debrecen, Hongkong, Louvain-la-Neuve, New York, Prag, Rotterdam, Rom, San José und Wien. Forschungsschwerpunkte: Responsivität, Fremdheit, Leiblichkeit, Sinne und Künste, Aufmerksamkeit, Phänomenotechnik; neuere französische Philosophie. Veröffentlichungen in Auswahl: Das leibliche Selbst (2000), Sinne und Künste im Wechselspiel (2010), Hyperphänomene (2012), Sozialität und Alterität (2015).

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Wen-Sheng Wang is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. His subjects of academic research are: Phenomenology, especially Husserl, Heidegger, and Hannah Arendt; his recent research project is "Phenomenology as Practical Philosophy - Concerning Ethic, Politics and Religion". Publications: 1. of Books: Das Dasein und Das Ur-Ich - Heuidegger's Position zum Problem des Ur-Ich bei Husserl, 1994. Husserl und Heidegger (in Chinesisch), 1996; Phenomenology and Philosophy of Science (in Chinesisch), 2002. 2. of Selected Papers: 'Divinity and Beauty in the Process of Indication – A Phenomenological Approach,2013; 'The Role of Thinking and Action as Phenomenological Border-crossing, 2014.

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Maren Wehrle is currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Husserl Archives, KU Leuven, Belgium. Her research areas are Phenomenology, Philosophical Anthropology, Cultural Studies, and Feminist Philosophy. In 2011 she received her PhD in Philosophy from the University of Freiburg, Germany. Publications include: Horizonte der Aufmerksamkeit. Entwurf einer dynamischen Konzeption der Aufmerksamkeit aus phänomenologischer und kognitionspsychologischer Sicht, Wilhelm Fink Verlag (2013); ‘Normality and Normativity in Experience’, in Doyon/Breyer: Normativity in Perception (2015); ‘Normative Embodiment. The Role of the Body in Foucault’s Genealogy. A Phenomenological Re-reading’, The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology (2016).

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Christian H. Wenzel studied mathematics and philosophy: PhD in algebraic geometry 1990 USA, second PhD on Kant's aesthetics 1999 Germany. He is currently Distinguished Professor at National Taiwan University. His fields of interests are Kant, Wittgenstein, aesthetics, phenomenology, Chinese philosophy; philosophy of language, mind, and mathematics, and now primarily the problem of free will. He published two books on Kant’s aesthetics, with Walter de Gruyter in 2000, with Blackwell in 2005, and numerous articles in Kant-Studien, British Journal of Aesthetics, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Philosophy East and West, Journal of Chinese Philosophy, Logique et Analyse, Philosophical Investigations, and essays in collections.

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Mark Wrathall is Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Riverside.  He earned a law degree at Harvard University, and a Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley.  He works in the phenomenological tradition of philosophy, and is interested in issues surrounding selfhood, responsibility, authenticity, temporality, and the phenomenology of religious life.  He is the author of Heidegger and Unconcealment: Truth, Language, and History (Cambridge UP) and How to Read Heidegger (W.W. Norton).  He has edited a number of volumes, including The Cambridge Companion to Heidegger’s Being and Time (Cambridge UP).

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Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. In his systematic work, Zahavi has mainly been investigating the nature of selfhood, self-consciousness, intersubjectivity, and social cognition. He is currently working and publishing on issues related to we-intentionality and group-identification. He is author and editor of more than 20 volumes including Subjectivity and Selfhood (MIT Press 2005), The Phenomenological Mind together with S. Gallagher (Routledge 2008), and most recently Self and Other (OUP 2014). He is co-editor in chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

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