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

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...

Philosophical Short Film Contest Launched!

Apr 6, 2022

To promote and support the genre of philosophical short films, the HFPO is launching annual short film contests regarding themes and concepts relevant to the philosophy...

“Orienting to Journalism: The Ever-Changing Now” by Carlin Romano

Mar 16, 2022

"One of the greatest challenges of journalism is the need to pay attention, to keep up constantly on what’s happening in the world and one’s area—to orient oneself to...

Video Podcast with Olga Faccani, Hodges Fellow 2021-22

Jan 19, 2022

Olga Faccani, our first Hodges doctoral dissertation fellow, was the second guest in Reinhard Mueller's video podcast show. With him, Olga discussed not only her path...

November 2021: ACLA Extends Deadline to Submit Abstracts to Seminars to November 31, 2021

Dec 26, 2021

Timon Georg Boehm and Reinhard G. Mueller are organizing a seminar at the 2022 ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) conference that is taking place in...

July 2021: First Hodges Fellow Announced – Olga Faccani, from UC Santa Barbara

Jul 26, 2021

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

July 2021: New Book Translation Coming soon, to appear under HFPO’s New Publishing House “Orientations Press”

Jul 5, 2021

HFPO is establishing its own publishing house, called “Orientations Press,” dedicated to writings concerning the philosophy of orientation. Its first book will be an...

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.