Donn Welton

Don Welton

Ph.D. Southern Illinois University, 1973

Harriman Hall 247A
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3750
Tel: (631) 632-7570

Areas of Specialization

Phenomenology, epistemology, philosophical psychology, theory of the person, Husserl studies

Having studied with Ludwig Landgrebe in Köln and Gillan at Southern Illinois, Donn Welton's initial focus was on German and French phenomenology in general and the thought of Edmund Hussler in particular. This resulted in two book-length studies of Husserl, the first on his theory of meaning in the context of his accounts of perception and language, the second on the range of his static and genetic phenomenological method in the context of his relationship to Heidegger, arguing that Husserl's thought has a systematic scope and methodological resources that many critics think were excluded by his approach. Moving beyond an historical account, the second study also develops the beginnings of a viable theory of context and back ground, one of the most pressing issues under consideration today. Along with these two studies, he has edited an anthology of Husserl's writings and, most recently, a critical reader on his philosophy. With further research at the Universities of Tübingen and Oxford and ongoing collaborative work at the University of Marburg, Welton's current focus is on theory of person and semantics of psychosomatic symptoms.

Selected Publications

  • The Other Husserl: The Horizons of Transcendental Phenomenology (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2000), 496 pp.
  • Edmund Husserl: Critical Assessments, edited by Rudolf Bernet, Donn Welton and Gina Zavota, 5 vols. (New York: Routledge, 2005).
  • The New Husserl: A Critical Reader, edited by Donn Welton (Bloomington, Indiana, 2003), 334 pp.
  • "El mondo como horizonte transcendental," La lámpara de Diógenes, Vol. 7, nr. 12 & 13 (2006), 98-113.
  • "Toward a Semantics of the Symptom: The World of Frau D." A lecture given at The 19th World Congress on Psychosomatic Medicine, Quebec City, Canada, August 30, 2007. [PDF]
  • "Affectivity and Body: Prolegomena to a Theory of Incarnate Existence," revised version of a lecture given in the Philosophy Department, Northwestern University, April 2, 2004. [PDF]
  • Origins of Meaning, Nijhoff Press, 1983

Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Events

Don Ihde Distinguished Alumni Award

September 15th, 4 pm

Terry Pinkard
"Hegel's History of Metaphysics"



September 29th, 4 pm

Georgia Warnke, University of California, Riverside
"Historical Understanding and the 'Blemish of Extraordinary Moral Legacies'"



October 12th, 4 pm

Klaus Vieweg, Jena University
"The Concept of Action in Hegel's Practical Philosophy and Aesthetics"


Dissertation Defense

October 13th, 11 am

Miles Hentrup
"Once Again from the Beginning: On the Relationship of Skepticism and Philosophy in Hegel's System"



October 25th, 5 pm

Adam Cureton, University of Tennessee
"Offensive Beneficence"



November 10th, 10:30 am

Karmen MacKendrick, LeMoyne Collge 
"Ancient Mysticisms, New Materialism, and Strange Entanglements"



November 10th, 4:30 pm

Cynthia Willett, Emory University
"Affect Attunement: Interspecies Ethics"


Dissertation Defense

November 17th, 4:45 pm
Stony Brook Manhattan

Oli Stephano
"Immanent Ecologies: Ethics, Power, and Persistence"





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