2022 – 2024: The Experience of Alienness: Between Responsivity and Transposability


Recenty, phenomenology proved to be a philosophical movement capable of bringing significant contributions to a wide interdisciplinary landscape. Beyond the ongoing debates concerning the various configurations and adaptations of the phenomenological method to different research fields, there is still a need to better grasp its the boundaries. We set out from the idea that one of these limit-phenomena is alienness (Fremdheit)–a phenomenon that challenges phenomenology regarding a wider perspective of the constitution of intersubjectivity, world, and community. We deal with the experience of alienness in three important moments of phenomenology: Husserl’s theory of intersubjectivity, Waldenfels’ criticism of it, and Heidegger’s early phenomenology. First, we aim to clarify the basic concepts of a phenomenology of alienness as the appear in Husserl’s works on intersubjectivity. In light of this, we discuss Waldenfels’ critical account, emphasizing the main disagreements regarding how Husserl understand the possibility or impossibility of the experience of alienness. We argue that a similar loss of experiential ground takes place with the arising of alienness in Heidegger formal-indicative phenomenological discourse. This is relevant for our project since Heidegger develops a methodology grounded on a notion of self-transposing (sich versetzen) radically different than Husserl’s concept of empathy (Einfühlung) and can shed light on new key aspects of the experience of alienness.


  • Project director: Dr. Alexandru BEJINARIU
  • Project title: The Experience of Alienness: Between Responsivity and Transposability
  • Project code: PN-III-P1-1.1-PD-2021-0735
  • Contract no.: PD 38
  • Program: Postdoctoral research (PD) projects
  • Financed by: UEFISCDI
  • Period of Time: April 2022 – March 2024
  • Funding: 249.964 lei


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Alexandru Bejinariu“XXX”, submitted for publication at „xxx (Web of Science).

  • Alexandru Bejinariu, Stranietatea imaginii și imaginarea străinului, at the Annual Conference of the Romanian Society for Phenomenology: Imaginea ca problemă fenomenologică, 25-26 November 2022, Faculty of Philosophy, Bucharest;
  • Alexandru Bejinariu, Phenomenology as a science and the challenge of the alien, at the Annual Conference of the Central and East European Society for Phenomenology: Phenomenology and Science, 13-15 September 2022, University of Padova.