Existential Emotions Workshop

Open to the Public
Nador u. 15
Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:00am
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Friday, May 31, 2019 - 10:00am to Saturday, June 1, 2019 - 5:00pm

The event is jointly organized by ELTE and CEU. Please note that the first day of the workshop will be held at ELTE, while CEU will host it on the 1st of June at the above mentioned location.

Existentialism came of age about 100 years ago with the work of the philosophers Jaspers, Heidegger, Sartre, Camus and others as well as with various figures in literature and the arts. It highlighted the nature and challenge of human existence seen first-personally against a backdrop of uncertain values and goals. Whether the existentialism avant la lettre of Kierkegaard and Nietzsche or later on, one thing that differentiates it from other philosophy is its attention to the emotions. Philosophy has always known that human beings have emotions, but it is really only with existentialism that emotions are seen as a response to the very fact of existing as such. The emotions in question often, though not always, border on a kind of alienation or deep not-at-home-ness. There are different accounts among existentialists of the nature of this and other existence-respondent feelings, what exactly that generates them and whether they yield to something else and what. This is as much a problem today as 100 years ago. So, while existentialism is a chapter in the history of philosophy, its problems and concerns deserve to be revisited in the light of present circumstances. Hence, the idea for this conference.


Friday, 31 May at ELTE, 1088 Budapest, Múzeum krt. 4/ bldg., I, room -109 (basment)
Saturday, 1 June at CEU, 1051 Budapest, Nador u. 15, room 202


31 May 2019 at ELTE

14.00 – 14.15 Opening remarks
14.15 – 15.15 David Weberman (CEU): What is an existential emotion?
15.15 – 16.15 Philippe Cabestan (Archives Husserl, Paris): Bad Faith versus Unconscious: a Credible Alternative?

16.15 – 16.45 Coffee break

16.45 – 17.45 Hye Young Kim (Institut Jean Nicod ENS, Paris): An Existentialist Analysis of Gratitude and Forgiveness
17.45 – 18.45 Lore Hühn (University of Freiburg): The Feeling of Compassion (Mitleid) in Post-idealistic Philosophy

1 June 2019 at CEU

 9.30 – 10.30 Gábor Boros (Károli University of the Reformed Church - ELTE): First Phase of the narrative theory of identity and emotions: Dilthey, Misch
10.30 – 11.30 James Cartlidge (CEU): Heidegger’s Philosophical Anthropology of Moods

11.30 – 12.00 Coffee break

12.00 – 13.00 Csaba Olay (ELTE): Alienation
13.00              Closing words