Philosophy Department

Center for Phenomenological Research

8th Creph Annual Seminar 2014: Self and Agency: Phenomenological Approaches

University of Liège, 22-25 April 2014

URPh organizes its 8th annual research seminar in phenomenology. This year the topic of the seminar is the relationship between the self and agency. The aim of the seminar is to clarify the content of the phenomenology of action – what it is like to be an agent – as a distinctive phenomenology of first-person agency. The first focus of debate concerns what an agentive content is. Does it exist something like an experience of oneself as an agent? What is the structure (and components) of agentive experience? What is the importance of agentive experience in order to give an account of our own experience? What is the relation between agency and phenomenal consciousness?

A second focus concerns the place of the self in agentive awareness as a knowledge that we have of ourselves as subjects of action. If the experience of oneself as an agent implies the concept of self, how is the self agentively represented? How does first-person reference succeed in agent’s self-conscious thought? Finally, what kind of knowledge is the knowledge of oneself as an agent?

The phenomenology of action and agency can be approached from many views and by several fields: moral psychology of the self, the constitution of agency, normativity and practical reason, first-person authority in action, authenticity and inauthenticity of the self.

Proposals regarding the history of phenomenology and the history of philosophy of action are welcome as well.

The research seminar in phenomenology is an activity of the Belgian National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS) Doctoral School. Organized over a whole week, it aims at stimulating collaborative research, open to original contributions from Belgian and foreign researchers and academics.

Invited speakers

Organizing committee

F. Boccaccini, G. Cormann.


federico.boccaccini[at] or gregory.cormann[at] • tel. +32 (0)4 366 54 17 or +32 (0)4 366 55 93.

The seminar is free of charge and open to the public without registration.

Practical details

The seminar will take place from April 22 to 25, at the University of Liège (Belgium).

Registration is not required for attendance. At the participant's request, the Philosophy Department will issue a certificate which can be used for doctoral certification (ECTS).

Proposals (title and abstract, maximum 700 words) are invited from senior researchers as well as graduate students, and must be sent to F. Boccaccini (federico.boccaccini[at], G. Cormann (gregory.cormann[at], and D. Seron (d.seron[at] by December 31, 2013. Please use only the electronic submission form. Acceptance or refusal will be notified by January 15.

The abstracts will be evaluated by the URPh board through a blind-review process. Acceptance or refusal will be notified by January 15.

The languages of the seminar are French and English.

The Doctoral School does not cover the accommodation and travel costs of the CFP speakers. Information on accommodation is available.