All sessions will be recorded and available to all registrants for three months

Plenary sessions will be offered with simultaneous Spanish translation


Live Participant Papers: We are pleased to include 13 live Participant Papers. See presenter names and paper titles below.

Pre-recorded Participant Papers: We are pleased to include additional pre-recorded Participant Papers. See presenter names and paper titles below.

Work Study ($10 tuition)

Watch Party assistants (4): watch parties (viewing of previous session recordings) take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. Eastern time. Assistants may help "host" party by explaining what video is being shown, etc., and help the tech host as needed. Familiarity with Zoom needed.

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About the Conference

The Seattle University Departments of Psychology and Philosophy, in partnership with The Gendlin Center of the International Focusing Institute, is hosting a symposium advancing the work of Eugene Gendlin from April 8 to 10, 2021.

We invite participants to explore the implications of Gendlin’s posthumous collection Saying What We Mean: Implicit Precision and the Responsive Order (2018). This extraordinary collection, edited by Edward Casey and Donata Schoeller, brings together a series of essays demonstrating Gendlin’s creative and insightful ability to balance conversations across a wide range of voices in philosophy and psychology. 

We are delighted to announce that Dr. Casey and Dr. Schoeller will be two of our featured speakers.

Gendlin had a unique capacity for thinking “at the edge” of conceptual formulations. He was able to discover, in words and concepts, an evasive connection between idea and experience. Gendlin sought to open up phenomena by exploring ideas that can only be thought in the mode of embodied practice.  Gendlin’s hope was that he might awaken an appetite in his readers, a yearning to understand how “the experiential side always exceeds the concepts.” In this regard, Gendlin invites expansive efforts to explore embodied thinking and experiencing.

Registration is open at The International Focusing Institute.


Ed Casey

Ed CaseyEd Casey is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at SUNY, Stony Brook. He is the author of numerous books, on topics ranging from imagination and memory to place and mapping. He labels his most recent work "peri-phenomenology," and he has written a series of three books in this vein: The World at a Glance, The World on Edge, and most recently Turning Emotion Inside Out. He is the co-editor (with Donata Schoeller) of Saying What We Mean, a collection of essays by Eugene Gendlin.

Robert C. Scharff

Robert ScharffRobert C. Scharff is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of New Hampshire and Executive Director of ITERATA, a non-profit institute for the study of interdisciplinarity in science, industry, and higher education. He is author of Heidegger Becoming Phenomenological: Interpreting Husserl through Dilthey, 1916–1925 (2019); How History Matters to Philosophy: Reconsidering Philosophy’s Past After Positivism (2015); Comte After Positivism (2002); numerous papers on 19th and 20th century continental philosophy, philosophy of technology, positivism, and post-positivism; co-editor (with Val Dusek) of The Philosophy of Technology: An Anthology (2003, 2014. third edition pending); and former editor of Continental Philosophy Review (1994–2005). A long article on Gendlin’s work, “After Dilthey and Heidegger: Gendlin's Experiential Hermeneutics [with reply],” appears in Language Beyond Postmodernism: Saying and Thinking in Gendlin's Philosophy, ed. David Michael Levin (Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1997), 190-233. Scharff is currently finishing a manuscript, Inheriting Technoscience: Essays on Heideggerian Themes.

Donata Schoeller

Donata SchoellerDonata Schoeller is a philosopher who teaches at the University of Koblenz and Iceland. She is the academic director of the European Erasmus Program Training in Embodied Critical Thinking. Donata Schoeller has published extensively on Gendlin’s philosophy. She has also translated A Process Model into German with Christiane Geiser, and has written a first introduction into this oeuvre in close collaboration with Eugene Gendlin and Neil Dunaetz. She is a Focusing trainer. As a TAE-teacher she is invited internationally to teach at Universities and Academies. She has three daughters and lives in Switzerland and Germany.

Eric Severson

Eric Severson is a philosopher specializing in the work of Emmanuel Levinas.  He is the author of Before Ethics (Kendall-Hunt, 2021), Levinas's Philosophy of Time (Duquesne University Press, 2013) and Scandalous Obligation (Beacon Hill Press, 2011), and editor of eight other books on philosophy, psychology, ethics, theology and the philosophy of religion. He lives in Kenmore, Washington and teaches philosophy at Seattle University.

Illustration showing Dr. Eugene Gendlin


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