Prof. Philip Buckley

McGill University

BA, MA, University of Toronto

Licentiate (PhL) and PhD, University of Louvain (Leuven), Belgium

Prof. Buckley is former Chair of the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.  From 1986 to 1992 he was a scientific assistant of the Husserl-Archives at Louvain, which engages in editing and translating the unpublished works of Edmund Husserl. His research is focused upon the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger, with an interest also in its historical antecedents and subsequent developments in 20th century French and German philosophy. He is the coordinator of a FQRSC (Fonds quebecois de recherche sur la societé et la culture funded) research team for 2002-2005 with colleagues from the Université de Montréal on “Phenomenology and Ethics.”

One of Prof. Buckley’s major contributions to research is his Husserl, Heidegger and the Crisis of Philosophical Responsibility (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 1992). His treatment of Husserl opens up an avenue for a fruitful and novel re-consideration of the philosophical relationship between Husserl and Martin Heidegger. It is within this context of the development by Heidegger of Husserl’s phenomenology that much of Prof. Buckley’s recent work occurs. Within this research, the emphasis is clearly upon an ethical and political reading of both Husserl and Heidegger (cf. “Heidegger and the “End” of Ethics” in Moral Philosophy in the Phenomenological Tradition, ed. J. Drummond and L. Embree (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic, 2002), pp. 197-228; “Husserl and the ‘Infinite Task’ of Hermeneutics” in Between the Human and the Divine: Philosophical and Theological Hermeneutics, ed. A. Wiercinski (Toronto: Hermeneutics Press, 2002), pp. 66-80; “Rationality and Responsibility” in Husserl’s and Heidegger’s View of Technology (Philosophy of Technology: Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association, 70 (1996), pp. 121-134).


The organizers of the symposium gratefully acknowledge sponsorship by the following units: Arts & Sciences Research Council; Germanic Language & Literatures; Franklin Humanities Institute; Office of Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies; Council for European Studies and Religions & Public Life; Program in Political Theory; Division of Theology – Duke Divinity School; Program in Literature & Theory; Department of History; Department of Religion