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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Understanding Phenomenology puenomenology 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. According to a parody of this approach, this school believes Heidegger’s Being and Time is all about hammering whereas more traditional readers believe it to be about an impending crisis in Western Civilisation.

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. He is the author of Understanding Phenomenology and Heidegger: Aaron rated underatanding really liked it Feb 08, Cerbone goes on to describe Heidegger’s recognition cerrbone our primary stance towards things is not one of neutral observation, but rather one of practical engagement. Susan rated it inderstanding was ok Dec 14, It takes a radical shift of perspective away from everyday consciousness to become aware of the transcendental ego which normally operates anonymously in simply presenting the world as the unified backdrop and horizon of all experience.

Christopher rated it it was amazing May 09, Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice. Cerbone’s chapter on Sartre covers the main issues of his phenomenology — the nature of the ego, anxiety, freedom, and so on — and does so in an admirably clear and engaging way. Such worries concern the accuracy or fidelity of descriptions of experience to the experience itself, although if pressed, such worries ultimately call into question the very idea of the experience itself.

Keith rated it really liked it Jul 15, Analytic Philosophers of mind curious about phenomenology; Anyone curious about phenomenology.

Cerbone was able to explain profound philosophy using simple metaphors and analogies for non-philosophy readers. Refresh and try again. There is, as Sartre puts it, the direct experience of the ‘bus-to-be-caught’ rather than the experience of the I in the activity of racing for a bus. In the final chapter, however, he tries to address their defects in a discussion of the ‘problems and prospects’ of phenomenology.


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In one sense, it is of course true that Heidegger dealt a cerbobe blow to Husserlian phenomenology, in terms of its future popularity among philosophers. Sign in to annotate. For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQsand if you can”t find the answer there, please contact us.

Phenomenology underetanding Imagination in Husserl and Heidegger. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Cerbone then moves on to discuss Dasein’s self-understanding and Heidegger’s diagnosis of how each of us finds ourselves in a particular concernful state of mind Befindlichkeithow the experience of the I involves a certain dissipation into the everyday, worldly ‘ das Man ‘ in a condition of captivation or seduction by the world which Heidegger calls ‘falling’ Verfallen.

John rated it really liked it Aug 20, It is written so lightly and so interestingly that I even considered it as a bed book. I think the matter is far more complicated, however. It always struck me that emotions and other cerbne conscious experiences, Erlebnisse can present themselves in profiles, despite Husserl’s denial. The book also assesses critical responses Written for those encountering phenomenology for the first time, the book guides the reader through the often bewildering array of technical understandinb and jargon, and provides pgenomenology explanations and helpful examples to encourage and enhance engagement with the primary texts.

In other words, as Cerbone puts it, the is-seems distinction collapses in the case of conscious experiences first-person perceivings, imaginings, rememberings, etc whereas this distinction remains operative in our encounters with objects transcendent to consciousness.

Bergen rated it really liked phenomeenology Mar 19, Monthly downloads Sorry, there are not enough data points to plot this chart. Overall, the treatment of Heidegger is reliable but not necessarily adventurous and certainly uncritical.

Starting from the problematic identification undersanding 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.


Ashley Haynes-Gibson rated it it was amazing Jul 09, Amina Ali rated it really liked it Dec 08, Written for those encountering phenomenology for the first time, the book guides the cwrbone through the often bewildering array of technical concepts and jargon, and provides clear explanations and helpful examples to encourage and enhance engagement with the primary texts. Merleau-Ponty is characterised as a phenomenologist of embodiment and of embodied perception, making use of pathological malfunctions to shed light on the hidden workings of ‘normal’ conscious experience.

A lot of phenomenology is really focused on the manner in which objectivity is constituted for subjectivity rather than simply an account of the subjective dimension of experience.

Understanding Phenomenology

Heidegger speaks of being directly in comportment with ‘environmental things’ Umweltdinge rather than the ‘mere objects’ of Husserlian direct perception.

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Similarly, I worry that Cerbone somewhat too quickly sides with the Heideggerian victory over Husserlian phenomenology. As we know, Husserl resisted equating phenomenology with phenomenological psychology. In other words, Cerbone is deliberately abstaining from a more critical evaluation of these thinkers.

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It is to his further credit that he does this in a way that does not seem to cramp his more basic straightforward presentation of the material itself. Lists with This Book. But one should not always accept that because history is written by the victors that that version is a true account.

Find it on Scholar. In fact, Husserl’s anti-naturalism stemmed from a transcendental insight that consciousness, which is ‘for the world’, couldn’t be fully explained in terms of the world itself. In general, Cervone presents Husserl as seeking to develop a ‘pure’ phenomenology of the transcendental ego that inevitably ends up as a transcendental idealism.