Laboratory for Research in Phenomenology and Sciences of the Person – PERSONA

Scepticism about ordinary experience as a basic source of evidence and justification of beliefs (albeit critically examinable and subject to constant and indefinite enrichment) has got to shape contemporary mind, according to two largely widespread and often complementary attitudes: Hermeneutic Relativism and Reductive Materialism. According to the former, there are no modes of immediate experience such as intuition, perception or feeling that are true to reality, the world being bound in language, culture and interpretation. According to the latter, phenomena are nothing but epiphenomena, appearances are nothing but illusions, shadows or dreams.

In view of this exciting and double challenge, our Centre has developed its main areas of research and seminal teaching (see the sections “Research Topics” and “Research and Further Activities”)