NASEP 2023 Conference – Intuition, Creation, Duration, and Relativity

The North American Society for Early Phenomenology

Intuition, Creation, Duration, and Relativity

2-4 June 2023
University of San Diego, San Diego, California Humanities Center

Keynote Speakers:

Michael Kelly (University of San Diego)
“Bergson’s intuitive Philosophy of Life?”

Clinton Tolley (University of California San Diego)
“Scheler, Stein, and the ‘Spiritual’ Dialectic of Phenomenology of the 1910’s”

Robin M. Muller (California State University Northridge)
“Merleau-Ponty on Movement and Relativity, or, the ‘Irrepressible Consciousness’ of Einstein’s Little Finger”


The concepts of intuition, creation, duration, and relativity pervade the work of early phenomenologists in their rejection of both rationalism and empiricism. This conference gives special attention to Bergson’s influence on phenomenology, particularly in relation to these themes, along with contemporary work related to these topics. Variations in phenomenological reduction and intuition, thematization of metaphor and analogy, metaphysics of creation and time, spirituality and religion, idealism and realism and the existence of the world—all of these phenomenological concepts made their appearances in conversations between and around Husserl and Bergson and other early phenomenologists a century ago, and return today.

We also represent the North American Roman Ingarden Society at this conference, with a session featuring talks by Mark Roberts (Franciscan University of Stubenville) and Jeff Mitscherling (University of Guelph) on, respectively, Ingarden’s ideas about hypothetical judgment and on the essence of the soul. The conference also highlights other figures from early phenomenology including Theodor Lipps, Adolf Reinach, Edith Stein, Theodor Conrad, Hedwig Conrad-Martius, Max Scheler, Nicolai Hartmann, Roman Ingarden, Emmanuel Levinas, Vladimir Jankélévitch, and Pierre Hadot.

Conference Program

For the conference schedule click here.

Conference Map

The conference will held in the USD Humanities Center. For a campus map click here.


NASEP has secured a group rate of $239 at the Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel Old Town at 4041 Harney St. Should you wish to take advantage of the group rate, please make reservations by calling the hotel directly at (619) 298-4707, and make sure to mention that you are booking with the North American Society for Early Phenomenology, or use the booking link here: click here. The group rate will expire on May 11, 2023.

Conference Registration

Registration fees are payable in advance of the conference through PayPal. Individuals who don’t have a PayPal account may pay on site by cash or check. Registration fees allow us to provide coffee throughout the conference and support the society’s activities.

Registration fees are in USD:
$100 for full-time faculty participating in-person
$40 for students, postdocs and underfunded faculty members, including adjuncts participating in-person
$50 for full-time faculty participating virtually
FREE for students, postdocs and underfunded faculty members participating virtually

Individuals may use this link to pay in advance through PayPal (choose the amount appropriate to your category). Receipts will be provided at the conference (or by email for virtual participants):

Conference Registration

Virtual Participation through Eventbrite

Please register through Eventbrite to receive a link for virtual participation: Eventbrite

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