Questions tagged [phenomenology]

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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What is meant by transcendental phenomenology?

... as opposed to "phenomenology." I suspect transcendental phenomenology refers specifically to some of Edmund Husserl's studies. But I would like to understand what was meant by them. I am finding ...
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What optical features do we use to distinguish “life” from “non-life”? [closed]

Let's first define "living". A living thing is an object that shares some traits with other living things, e.g. it has a metabolism, it has been "born" (in the broadest sense, including cell division ...
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Should turbulence be thought of as a saturated phenomenon?

Turbulence appears in many ways, independently of the system that supports its manifestations. In all cases, it can be seen that: a) Its manifestations are irreversible, in the sense that one cannot ...
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Can our sense of touch deceive us?

Descartes says that the senses deceive us. I agree for all senses, except for the tactile sense (i.e., when you touch something). It's clear there are optical illusions, but there appear to be no ...
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Should one consider Phenomenology as a turn from Aristotle's eternal substances to Heraclitean flux?

Both Plato & Aristotle had a philosophy of stasis. That is Plato's theory of forms which appear to be outside of time. Whereas Aristotle's theory of substance is actually in time but stripped of ...
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Are simple physical laws actually simple?

This is a question about the philosophy of physics. If one takes a glance at the philosophy of mathematics its easy to see that the idea of number is filled with philosophical niceties and is a much ...
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Why does Foucault's *Madness and Civilisation* represent his turn towards structuralism?

According to the wikipedia entry on his book it represents his turning away from phenomenology to structuralism. What exactly does this mean? How should one understand his book as a demonstration of ...
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Is meditation valid to study consciousness scientifically?

In the study of consciousness, neuroscience observes mental phenomena through physical correlations, using techniques such as fMRI, PET and EEG. These are considered valid and reproductible, and can ...
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Is Scruton correct in characterising the Transcendental World of Kants?

Scruton in his Sexual Desire, a philosophical investigation says we must distinguish the world of human experience from the world of scientific observation. In the first we exist as agents, taking ...
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What would constitute a reasonable expectation of privacy?

To some degree this is presumably a legal question, but my question is really trying to ask about the principle here. I guess the core question is about what expectations a "reasonable" agent might ...
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What is the difference between formal and “realised” belief?

A distinction I have come across in some of Zizek's informal lectures, as well as in my own ponderings, is that which describes those beliefs which, although we know formally to be true, we do not ...
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Are numbers noumena?

According to OED, noumenon is An object knowable only by the mind or intellect, not by the senses But I'm a little confused at considering about numbers, they seem to be objects knowable only by ...
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Does Husserl distinguish `sensuous contents' from 'sensuous mental processes' in §85 of Ideas I?

In §85 of Ideas I, Husserl classifies all mental processes into intentional and non-intentional mental processes. The class of non-intentional mental processes contains all sensuous mental processes. ...
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Intentionality: Object directed vs. 'As if in the presence of an object'

A philosophical project of mine depends on an assertion which at first seems problematic, but one that I believe is correct. Background Following Husserl, modern philosophy is in accord that the ...
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How can you support the idea of qualia as distinct from neuronal firing when you only experience one thing?

Physicalists are people who equate brain states with mental states. There are people in this category; and yet there are many people who do not hold this view. Such people hold that there is an ...
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Philosophy of Philosophy and Experience [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the practical use of philosophy? Does philosophy move us toward a deeper understanding of the human condition, or does philosophy push us away from understanding the ...
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How does one know one is not dreaming?

How does one know one is not dreaming? How could one logically demonstrate to a skeptic that one is "really" there, awake and not just dreaming the entire situation/world around him? Specifically ...

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