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Phenomenology is a philosophical movement associated with Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Jean-Paul Sartre. It is also a philosophical study of the structures of experience and consciousness.

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Is Hume talking about noumena in section 12 of the Enquiry?

So I'm almost done with the Enquiry and came across something in this section that reminded me of Kant's phenomena and noumena. If this is the case, I'm just curious, why hadn't anyone made this ...
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Why is this a parallel to natural science?

This is from Husserl's Phenomenology which he wrote for the Encyclopedia Britannica: It is by no means clear from the very outset, however, how far the idea of a pure psychology -as a psychological ...
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Meanings of multiple and variable

Thix is from Ñanavira's Notes on Dhamma: Phassa footnote C: If experience were confined to the use of a single eye, the eye and forms would not be distinguishable, they would not appear as separate ...
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A few questions on Phenomenology

Can someone briefly explain: What is the difference between Phenomenological, Transcendental and Eidetic reduction? What the 'natural attitude means? What it means to bracket the natural attitude? Why ...
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Sources for phenomenology?

I'm not in Philosophy, so I'm having a hard time looking for the article T. Sheenan. The History of the Redaction of the Encyclopaedia Britannica article. Trans. Phen., pp. 36-59. Does it exists ...
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What does play of reflexions mean here?

A passage from Ñanavira's Notes on Dhamma from Atta: The puthujjana confuses (as the arahat does not) the self-identity of simple reflexion—as with a mirror, where the same thing is seen from two ...
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Looking for a good online lecture series on Husserl's Ideas 1

I just started reading Husserl's ideas 1 and looking for a good lecture series to follow along with. Willing to pay, but would prefer a free resource on YouTube or the like. Also open to other ...
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A couple of questions regarding imagination

Here is a passage from Ñanavira's Notes on Dhamma. Images here refer to mental content (imaginations). Five-base refers to the five senses (sight, sound, smell, taste, touch) There is no doubt that ...
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Does a phenomenal experience require conscious awareness, or simply unconscious sensation?

If a tree is experienced lying on the forest floor, did it come into existence when experienced, or did something cause it to lie there? This question is all about the division between phenomenal, ...
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What is Organic Unity and why is every situation an organic unity?

The is from Ñanavira's book: Notes on Dhamma. It is from footnote b in the notes on Anicca: McTaggart, in The Nature of Existence (Cambridge 1921-7, §§149-54), remarks that philosophers have usually ...
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Can aesthetic experience being induced?

Can aesthetic experiences being induced ? Or are those bound to specific aspects of an objects or quality? This small excerpt from a text on Ponty and minimalism in art says: “from Merleau-Ponty’s ...
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Are there contemporary analytic defenders of the view that pattern/meaning is metaphysically fundamental and directly knowable?

Background: Much of philosophy since Kant has taken for granted that our basic experience of reality is structured by our cognitive apparatus, including notably our background conceptual frameworks. ...
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Meaning of these words in Heidegger's "Being and Time"?

What is the meaning of obstinacy and un-ready-to-hand in this passage from "Being and Time"? I have a general knowledge of Heidegger’s philosophy, but I have problem understanding the ...
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Is Husserl's transcendental ego God?

We will eventually come up against something that cannot be varied without destroying that object as an instance of its kind. The implicit claim here is that if it is inconceivable that an object of ...
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Essays concerning Heidegger’s discussion of signs and references in the worldhood of the world?

Does anyone have any good essays concerning Heidegger’s discussion of signs and references in the worldhood of the world? That whole section has left me scratching my head. Or some good secondary ...
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A question in Phenomenology

I'm trying to understand Phenomenology better and I have a question that might be clarify it for me: Let's assume that I'm looking at the stars during the night. What I see is that the stars are ...
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Is everything understood (semantics) within a language and is perception the first language?

And are all languages (math, set theory, whistling, English, Chinese, etc) somewhat inter-translatable? I'm sorry for the broad/overreaching question. Is this something some philosophers agree on, ...
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Phenomenology of consciousness/learning/understanding the every-day?

I am a machine learning scientist who watched a lecture series on phenomenology. I feel like, since it is the study of consciousness’ structures and how they behave over time, it might have utility in ...
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Ontic/Ontological as parallel to a posteriori/a priori?

Heidegger makes the distinction between the ontic (concerning beings themselves) and the ontological (the being of beings, being as such). Would it be wise to say that the ontic covers the contingent ...
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Is Psychoanalysis a Type of Phenomenology?

Psychoanalysis—be it Freudian, Jungian or Lacanian—is concerned with how reality is experienced by the subject as affected by his/her unconscious wishes, desires, sometimes even by archetypal myths, ...
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From Bachelor's in mathematics to Master's in continental philosophy?

I am currently in my 3rd years of studies. I study mathematics (major) and philosophy (minor; about 50 ECTS with focus on the history of philosophy) at bachelor's level at University of Tehran. And I ...
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Differences between Being, Existing, Ontical and Existential in "Being and Time"

I am trying to understand the differences between Being, Ontical and Existential. What are they trying to imply by themselves, separately? Ontical seems to mean "physical existence". ...
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Infinity mirror?

Not sure if this should be in the physics section or here in philosophy. I think the topic may fit in both domains. What has lead me to inquire about this particular effect is the description of it as ...
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What are some refutations of Husserl’s anti-psychologism?

Husserl argues that psychologism fails through its inability to distinguish between objects of knowledge and acts of knowing, the act being a temporal and psychical process characterized by ...
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What does "pre-predicative" mean in the context of Husserl's Cartesian Meditations <52>?

In Husserl's Cartesian Mediatations <52> The term pre-predicative is introduced in this way: Yet there is one more thing that should be brought out, to <52> supplement what we have said. ...
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What are the "Acts" Discussed in Husserl's "Logical Investigations"?

I am reading Dan Zahavi's Husserl's Phenomenology with a specific focus on his treatment of Logical Investigations. He describes Logical Investigations as "providing a new foundation for pure ...
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Does Phenomenology Reject The Existence of Mediating Concepts?

I am reading Robert Sokolowski's Introduction to Phenomenology. He makes phenomenology out to be inherently realist: when we intend something, we intend the thing itself (not the "idea" or &...
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Has phenomenology ever produced a useful philosophical insight?

Analytic philosophy, although not without its faults, has made some real progress in moving us beyond traditional metaphysics. Nobody really believes, for example, in Platonic forms any more. On the ...
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Does phenomenology reject causality, in that there are natural laws to be understood and utilised? What is the stance on technological progress/devel?

I have been diving into phenomenology for my research and it seems very interesting. But coming back to the "practical" world I still don't can't really describe its stance on various ...
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Is there a word or term for the inability to separate what is phenomenal from noumenal?

Phenomenal includes everything originating from personal experience, while Noumenal includes everything except personal experience; something is Ontological when it includes both. The ability to ...
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What philosophical works explore the concept of solitude?

I am currently working on the solitude of old people during the pandemic time. I wonder if there is any philosophical work that explores what solitude is and how it emerges from different perspectives....
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Are there any philosophers associated with phenomenology and existentialism that argue that death should not matter to an individual?

I have mainly been focussing upon Heidegger in relation to death and the way in which he believes it is of great importance because in order to live authentically one must 'be-towards-death'. surley ...
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How do we think about absences?

The notion of intentional content as distinct from intentional object is also important in relation to the issue of thought about and reference to non-existent objects. Examples of this include ...
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What philosopher regarded the end and purpose of human life to be in relationships with other individuals?

I remember in my undergrad being taught about some philosopher who regarded the whole end and purpose of human existence to be primarily that of relationship with other people. I dont remember if he ...
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The Philosophy of Mutual Dreaming in the New SpongeBob Movie: Ontological as well as Metaphysical?

So, in the movie SpongeBob: Sponge on the Run, Patrick states that: "Two people cannot have the same dream, let alone be in that same dream at the same time. This is philosophically untenable.&...
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Trying to reconstruct the reasoning leading to the intentionality of consciousness ( Husserl's phenomenology)

I would like to have feedbacks on the following way to reconstruct Husserl's reasong in Cartesian Meditations as to the relationship of consciousness to its objects, and more generally to the world. (...
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Does the following argument about the ontological nature of math exhibit poor reasoning?

Argument P1: Mathematics is the substrate upon which all natural phenomena occur and necessarily governs phenomena in the physical world. P2: One can experience something that is not mathematically ...
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What is the difference between world and universe?

I encounter the terms "world" and "universe" in various types of philosophy. I haven't paid close attention, but it seems "world" is used more phenomenologically and ...
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Has anyone found logical error or inconsistencies in the writings of Hegel in the book Phenomenology of the Spirit?

Has anyone found logical error or inconsistencies in the writings of Hegel in the book Phenomenology of the Spirit? Since so few people understand it perfectly, you would assume even the writer ...
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If there are no abstract entities, then what are they phenomenologically?

If there are no abstract entities, then what are they phenomenologically? it is universally acknowledged that numbers and the other objects of pure mathematics are abstract (if they exist), whereas ...
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Phenomenology wiihout phenomena

I googled the phrase, and only got an essay on Stumpf, one I cannot read and which does not include the phrase in the freely available content. I then looked at the SEP article for Stumpf, whom I had ...
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Why didn't Heidegger take other kinds emotion as the deepest and original feeling of Dasein?

As the author of The phenomenological movement, Spiegelberg. H., put it, why should Heidegger take "angst" or "Sorge" as the deepest and original feeling of Dasein (although I myself support it and ...
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Sartre's "The transcendence of the ego"

In this text there are parts of Kant that Sartre refers to that I don't think I fully understand. What parts of Kant would I have to refer to to understand where Sartre is coming from? He refers to ...
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Can we imagine a perfect circle?

Applied mathematicians often work with circles, but I'm guessing it's an abstraction that cannot save all the empirical data. Can we conceive of a perfect circle in our visual field -- as apparently ...
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If the passage of time is an illusion, does that mean I also experience time not passing?

There are a few questions on this site about time passing and illusion. And it seems that our psychological experience of the flow of time might be best accounted for as illusions are https://www....
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Did Sellars's argument against the Myth of the Given defeat Husserl's phenomenology?

Sellars's argument against "the myth of the given" is a powerful argument defeating fundamentalism in epistemology. Edmund Husserl considered "the given" to be "unconditionally/absolutely(?) given", ...
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How does one perform phenomenological reduction?

I have done some preliminary reading on phenomenology and Husserl via basic sources. How is phenomenological reduction performed? I understand the steps involved but I don't understand how to ...
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How does phenomenology deal with time-consciousness?

How does the strict phenomenologist deal with atypical forms of consciousness that an analytical philosopher need only point to brain function to explain? For instance, how does phenomenology deal ...
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Is there truly an objective difference between what is and what could be?

"What is" versus "What could be". What role does language as a way of knowing play in determining “what” something is? Is the desire to change the way we view the world in Art connected to or ...
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Which philosophers have argued well that existence is illusory?

After many years of contemplation I have a simple, logical proof that all physical phenomena are illusions. Assuming we can agree that things in the past no longer exhibit the properties associated ...
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