Center for Subjectivity Research

General Aim of the Center

Since 2002 the Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS) has carried out research on consciousness, selfhood, intersubjectivity and sociality from an interdisciplinary perspective. Its explorations explicitly seek to further the integration of different philosophical traditions, in particular phenomenology and analytic philosophy of mind. At the same time, CFS is promoting dialogue between philosophy and empirical science, in particular psychiatry, clinical psychology, cognitive science, developmental psychology, sociology, anthropology, and political theory.

Over the years, the center staff has worked systematically on topics such as intentionality, imagination, empathy, action, perception, embodiment, naturalism, selfhood, self-consciousness, self-disorders, schizophrenia, autism, normativity, anxiety, shame, trust, collective intentionality, and emotions. It has also conducted scholarly work on classical thinkers such as Kant, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Brentano, Husserl, Stein, Scheler, Walther, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas and Ricoeur. Throughout, the research has been driven by the conviction that a variety of different philosophical and empirical perspectives on subjectivity can lead to mutual enlightenment and that such methodological and conceptual pluralism is what is acutely needed in the contemporary debate.

In this video, the director of the Center for Subjectivity Research (CFS), Dan Zahavi, talks about the structure and focus of CFS.