The Hodges Foundation

for Philosophical Orientation
In all situations of life, the very first thing one does
is orient oneself. Orientation precedes everything else,
all perceiving, thinking, and acting;
it decides which directions we pursue.
It seems simple but is very complex,
and it has so far hardly been explored.

Our Mission

The Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation (HFPO) is based on the philosophy of orientation, as developed by Werner Stegmaier, and strives to promote, research, and further develop this philosophy in theory and practice in academia and among the general public.

The HFPO provides a place and a platform for philosophical research and investigation into not only the conditions and structures of human orientation, but also to what extent philosophical orientations are necessary, possible, and beneficial in everyday life. It seeks to philosophically reflect and confront the vast reorientations humanity is facing in the 21st century.

The HFPO is neither for profit, nor does it follow any political or religious aims. It wants to support and promote orientation research not only in academia, but also in cooperation with people who are not able to withdraw into quiet rooms for reflection and who are professionally confronted with surprising situations – entrepreneurs and their employees, politicians, diplomats, journalists, lawyers, doctors, teachers, ministers, artists, athletes, marketeers, and many others. They all develop skills and competences of orientation that philosophy has traditionally passed over.

News and Updates

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“The Art of Living as an Art of Orientation”: by Werner Stegmaier

Oct 27, 2022

"Human life certainly leaves room for its shaping, but hardly for modeling it like a free-standing statue. The model of fine arts must not obscure how narrow the leeway...

Prize Competition 2022-23: How to Orient Oneself in Times of Multiple Crises?

Oct 25, 2022

Today, on the day of our foundation's third anniversary, we are excited to launch a new prize competition!   The prize question for the years 2022-23 is: How to...

Announcing: New Virtual Seminars

Oct 10, 2022

We are expanding our seminar offerings! Over the coming months, we are offering new seminars. All these seminars are free of charge and most are virtual, so you can...

Video Podcast #2 with Olga Faccani: The God Dionysus

Sep 10, 2022

In this second video podcast between Olga Faccani and Reinhard G. Mueller, the two explore the various facets of the mysterious god Dionysus, including his depiction in...

In-Person Seminar in Nashville: The Philosophy of Orientation on Leadership

Aug 28, 2022

“Superior orientation skills qualify for leadership,” Werner Stegmaier writes in What is Orientation? A Philosophical Investigation (p. 242). Outstanding leaders orient...

Next Hodges Fellow Announced: James Sirigotis, from UC Santa Cruz

Aug 3, 2022

After receiving 34 high-quality applications, the HFPO engaged in a careful two-stage selection process, first by examining the application materials and second via a...

Orientations Press

Jun 21, 2022

Orientations Press LLC is the official publishing house of the Hodges Foundation for Philosophical Orientation. It is dedicated to publishing texts concerning the...

New Series of “Historical Studies Concerning Orientation”: Inaugural Essay by Jiří Hoblík

May 30, 2022

Our new essay series investigates the history of the concept of ‘orientation’ as well as the phenomenon of orientation avant la lettre, i.e., before the term was...

The Winners of the First HFPO Prize Competition 2020-2021

May 24, 2022

On the day of our foundation's inauguration, October 25, 2019, we launched our first essay prize competition concerning the question "How Does the Digitization of Our...

Activities and Projects

Philosophical orientation cannot and should not only be studied, but it must also prove itself in practice. Therefore, the HFPO will pursue a variety of projects, some academic in nature, many intended for the general public. The planned projects will continuously be developed and expanded.

PhD Dis­ser­tation Fellow­ships

Philo­sophi­cal Prize Com­pe­ti­tion

Virtual Seminar

Video Podcasts

The Philosophy
of Orientation

A New Philosophical Approach

Philosophy has, from its very beginnings and throughout history, continually reoriented itself. Today, institutionalized at universities, philosophy oftentimes seems confined to either making terms more precise or to justifying moral norms. The philosophy of orientation, as Werner Stegmaier has developed it over several decades, instead observes and reflects how different philosophies orient themselves from different standpoints, in different perspectives, and within different horizons.