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Understanding Phenomenology has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Yzobelle said: Fantastic series! Cerbone was able to explain profound philosophy using simple.. . Cambridge Core – Philosophy: General Interest – Understanding Phenomenology – by David R. Cerbone. David R. Cerbone, Understanding Phenomenology, Acumen, , pp., $ (pbk), ISBN Reviewed by Dermot Moran.

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Cerbone’s chapter on Merleau-Ponty opens by recognising that Sartre’s account of embodiment is far more nuanced than many give him credit for.

History of Western Philosophy. Phenomenology and Imagination in Husserl and Heidegger. Don’t have an account? How is it possible to diagnose life lived in its everydayness without somehow disrupting that life? Analytic readers are kept up to speed, but the book isn’t a pure work of translation from one philosophical tradition to another; its substance is not to be underestimated.

Cerbone has Sartre saying that the transcendental ego is not directly experienced, but surely Husserl would not deny that. But, as is the case with Heidegger, there is always far more going on in Husserl. Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads?

In the final chapter, however, he tries to address their defects in a discussion of the ‘problems and prospects’ of phenomenology. Cerbone is well versed in analytic philo A “comprehensive” introduction to a subject I know precious little about. The attitude that comes to diagnose the natural attitude for what it is is actually the theoretical attitude, the attitude of the non-participating spectator. It always struck me that emotions and other ‘immanent’ conscious experiences, Erlebnisse can present themselves in profiles, despite Husserl’s denial.

No keywords specified fix it. Highly recommended for analytics getting into continental work for the first time, as well as philosophers of mind interested in seeing to what extent phenomenology might be able to serve as a foil to contemporary debates in the analytic world.

Starting from the problematic identification of phenomenology with introspection and drawing upon considerations from the work of Edmund Husserl, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the chapter argues that phenomenological reflection, in its concern for essential structuresis largely unaffected by worries concerning how best to capture the details of particular episodes of experience. I am overjoyed to say that this is quite far from the case.


Phenomenology is recuperative in philosophy precisely because of the emphasis it places on the ‘general validity of the category of experience’ Cerbone, p. Were it to do that, it might be a fine discussion of phenomenology but still be a poor introduction to it. Heidegger speaks of being directly in comportment with ‘environmental things’ Umweltdinge rather than the ‘mere objects’ of Husserlian direct perception.

He simply contrasts Heidegger’s practice of ‘reflective self-awareness’ Cerbone, p. Sign in Create an account. I agree with Cerbone that Sartre’s phenomenological analysis of the ego is a very interesting account of how the ego is experienced or more accurately is not directly experienced in everyday active contexts.

A charming, succinct text but I’m on the other side of its project. Cerbone goes on to acknowledge that phenomenology as a movement is a very broad church; nevertheless, he believes that certain key aspects of its method are quite clearly discernible, and he goes on to argue for its continued pheomenology for addressing issues crebone contemporary philosophy, including issues in the philosophy of consciousness at the end of the book he discusses Daniel Dennett, for instance.

Such worries concern the accuracy or fidelity of descriptions of experience to the experience itself, although if pressed, such worries ultimately call into question unnderstanding very idea of the experience itself. Brian Elliott – – Routledge. The book also assesses critical responses to phenomenology by philosophers ranging from Derrida to Dennett as well as the continued significance of phenomenology for philosophy today.

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Overall, the treatment of Heidegger is reliable but not necessarily adventurous and certainly uncritical. Cerbone briefly summarises Heidegger’s discussions of inauthenticity and authenticity and his characterisation of Dasein’s authentic attitude towards temporality as essentially futural, whereas everydayness draws us into a more anonymous repetition of the present. As we know, Husserl resisted equating phenomenology with phenomenological psychology.

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Want to Read saving…. A Guide for the Perplexedas well as numerous articles on Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and the phenomenological tradition. While Husserl is certainly anti-psychologistic, I believe it took him some years to realise that this anti-psychologism was actually part of a broader resistance to naturalism. Amina Ali rated it really liked it Dec 08, Cerbone describes this as the ‘practical orientation’ of Heidegger’s philosophy and regards it as a major correction of the spectator-attitude of traditional Western philosophy an attitude also exemplified by Husserl, of course.


Overall, however, Cerbone concludes that phenomenology remains vital to contemporary philosophy as a way of giving conscious experience, precisely in the manner in which it is experienced, its due.

In Cerbone’s words, Husserl regarded it as a kind of ‘puffed-up anthropology’, another ‘trendy’ contribution to life-philosophy. Indeed, it is hard for me to find anything major to disagree with regarding Cerbone’s treatment of the individual thinkers. One could say, in fact, that Sartre without direct knowledge of Husserl’s manuscripts on embodiment, now known as Ideas II more or less invented a phenomenology of the body in Being and Nothingness Cerbone goes on to give a very clear and helpful account of Husserl on the nature of perception, the manner in which objects appear in profiles, and the manner in which the application of the reduction helps to isolate the given precisely as it is given.

Husserl is presented as a critique of naturalism, explained by Cerbone as ‘a rejection of the idea that the natural sciences can provide a complete or exhaustive account of reality’ Cerbone, p.

Dermot Moran – – Routledge. The book also assesses critical responses unverstanding phenomenology by philosophers ranging from Derrida to Dennett Understanding Phenomenology traces phenomenology’s historical development, beginning with its founder, Edmund Husserl, and his “pure” or “transcendental” phenomenology and continuing with the later, “existential” phenomenology of Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. Abstract and Keywords Scepticism about phenomenology typically begins with worries concerning the reliability of introspection.

The Critique of Pure Phenomenology.

Phenomenological method: reflection, introspection, and skepticism – Oxford Handbooks

Derrida and Husserl on Time. An Essay in the Philosophy of Edmund Husserl. My main worries concern Cerbone’s conception of phenomenology itself, as well as his somewhat simplistic approach to Husserl. Sign in via your Institution.