One cannot escape today the refrain that Europe is in crisis: economic, social, political and environmental. Yet there is no consensus on what defines this crisis. Even the meaning of the subject, "Europe", is a matter of convention. In a recent "Manifesto for Europe" the economist Thomas Piketty and fourteen other co-authors referred to the European crisis as "existential"; there is widespread confusion and doubt not only amongst Europe's political, economic and cultural elites, but also amongst its citizenry concerning Europe's identity, task, role in the world, and even whether it exists in the relevant sense.
This conference aims to clarify whether the concept of "Crisis" as developed by phenomenological philosophers Edmund Husserl and Jan Patocka is still instrumental for understanding the current European crisis in its intertwined social, political and economic dimensions. We would like to open a lively discussion about if and how the phenomenological concept of Crisis may show a path out of current European crisis – and, on the other hand, if and how we can, reflecting on the contemporary situation, develop the phenomenological concept of Crisis a step further.