CFP: “Intersubjectivity and Recognition” (Metodo)

We are glad to announce that a Call for Papers on the topic “Intersubjectivity and Recognition” has been opened by the philosophical magazine Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy.
The deadline for submissions is December, 31st 2016.


Intersubjectivity and Recognition

Editors: Elisa Magrì and Danielle Petherbridge

Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy invites interested authors to explore the topics of intersubjectivity and recognition across different traditions, including phenomenology, critical theory, and German Idealism. Questions that arise may include: What is distinctive of the phenomenon of being with others? Is apperceiving another the same as recognising her/him as subject? To what extent do intersubjective-shared practices inform our encounter with the other? In what sense do intersubjectivity and recognition refer to distinct and yet different forms of encounter with another?

Intersubjectivity is notably one of the most complex concepts of the phenomenological tradition. In phenomenology, traditionally, intersubjectivity refers to the shared horizon of lived experiences in which self and other are mutually interdependent. Problems include the relation between transcendental subjectivity and intersubjectivity, the notion of empathy, the constitution of objective reality, and the concept of self and “other”. To be sure, intersubjectivity has received considerable attention in recent years due to its affinity with the problem of empathy. However, the relevance of intersubjectivity is not restricted to empathic experiences. Phenomenologists such as Husserl, Stein, Schutz, Sartre, de Beauvoir, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Ricoeur among others have explored the phenomenological encounter with the other from different perspectives that have important implications for social ontology, psychology, moral philosophy, and ethics.

In this sense, the problem of intersubjectivity in phenomenology intersects but also differs from that of intersubjectivity and recognition as conceived in German Idealism and contemporary critical theory. While critical theory has widely acknowledged the relevance of recognition for philosophy, anthropology, and social theory, the relationship between phenomenology and critical theory has scarcely been investigated. This includes considerations about the philosophical origins of the concepts of intersubjectivity and recognition to be found in the work of Fichte and Hegel, which have influenced the critical theory tradition, in contrast to those of phenomenology.

This issue of Metodo. International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy invites authors to investigate the themes of intersubjectivity and recognition drawing on different traditions, including phenomenology, German Idealism, critical theory. We also welcome papers on feminist philosophy, ethics, and philosophical anthropology, for example, that are concerned with the problem of realising recognition or examining intersubjectivity in contemporary philosophical debates. Topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Philosophical dialogues, intersections and differences between phenomenology and critical theory;
  • Phenomenological accounts of intersubjectivity and recognition;
  • The origin of the concept of intersubjectivity in German Idealism and its relevance for phenomenology;
  • The significance of phenomenology for anthropology, ethics and social theory with regard to the themes of intersubjectivity and recognition;
  • Intersubjectivity and recognition in feminist philosophy, anthropology, and critical theory and how they relate to or differ from the phenomenological tradition.

Abstracts and Papers should be submitted online: ( Submitted papers (in English, German, French, Spanish, or Italian) must be in accordance with the basic principles of Metodo (, and follow the Author Guidelines (

All contributions will be peer-reviewed by two anonymous referees. The editorial board advises the authors writing articles in foreign languages (not native speakers) to have their texts proofread and revised prior to submission.

Confirmed invited contributors:

Paul Cobben

Daniel Dahlstrom

Nicolas De Warren

Sebastian Gardner

Steffen Herrmann

Dermot Moran

Matheson Russell

Deadline for submissions: 31/12/2016


For informal inquiries you can also contact the editors, Elisa Magrì ( and Danielle Petherbridge (

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