PHIL-514 Phenomenology
Fall for 2017-2018
"Phenomenology" is a name both for a movement within 20th century philosophy and for a method of doing philosophy. The movement is meant to be unified by the method. These days self-identified phenomenologists are typically scholars who work on the texts and doctrines of the major figures of the movement. In this seminar we will explore the question whether we can identify a (or perhaps several) phenomenological method(s). We will examine some of the texts of leading figures in the movement (Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty) with an eye to the questions, What is phenomenological method? Can it be properly distinguished from conceptual/linguistic analysis, ordinary language philosophy, and traditional philosophical dialectic? What is the distinction supposed to be between transcendental phenomenology (Husserl after about 1905) and existential phenomenology (Heidegger before about 1933 and Merleau-Ponty)?

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and department chair.
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