Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science

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This ambitious work aims to shed new light on the relations between Husserlian phenomenology and present-day efforts toward a scientific theory of cognition - with its complex structure of disciplines, levels of explanation, and conflicting hypotheses." "The book's primary goal is not to present a new interpretation of Husserl's writings, although it does not dismiss the importance of such critical work. Rather, the contributors assess to what extent the kind of phenomenological investigation initiated by Husserl...
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Overview

This ambitious work aims to shed new light on the relations between Husserlian phenomenology and present-day efforts toward a scientific theory of cognition - with its complex structure of disciplines, levels of explanation, and conflicting hypotheses." "The book's primary goal is not to present a new interpretation of Husserl's writings, although it does not dismiss the importance of such critical work. Rather, the contributors assess to what extent the kind of phenomenological investigation initiated by Husserl supports the development of scientific theories of cognition. In particular, they consider how Husserlian phenomenology might contribute to specific contemporary theories, either by complementing or by questioning them.
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Emanating from a Paris-based Phenomenology and Cognition Research Group created in 1993, these 21 essays collectively reflect on the interface between Husserlian phenomenology and an integrated science of cognition that fills the explanatory gap between the phenomenological mind and the brain in a manner fitting "the things themselves." Essays address intentionality, movement, and temporality; mathematics in phenomenology; the nature and limits of naturalization; skeptical attitudes; and historical perspectives. Includes extensive reference matter. The lead editor is affiliated with the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales. The other contributors are French, North and Latin American, and Australian scholars; several are at the Paris Husserl Archives. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"Every student of cognition will somewhere in [Naturalizing Phenomenology] find something new and interesting."—APA Review of Books
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780804736107
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2000
  • Series: Writing Science Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 672
  • Sales rank: 1,398,827
  • Product dimensions: 6.13 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Petitot is Directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Francisco J. Varela is Directeur de Recherches at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris. Bernard Pachoud is Maître de Conférences at the Université de Picardie. Jean-Michel Roy is Maître de Conférences at the Université Michel de Montaigne (Bordeaux).

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Contributors
1 Beyond the Gap: An Introduction to Naturalizing Phenomenology 1
Pt. 1 Intentionality, Movement, and Temporality
2 Intentionality Naturalized? 83
3 Saving Intentional Phenomena: Intentionality, Representation, and Symbol 111
4 Leibhaftigkeit and Representational Theories of Perception 148
5 Perceptual Completion: A Case Study in Phenomenology and Cognitive Science 161
6 The Teleological Dimension of Perceptual and Motor Intentionality 196
7 Constitution by Movement: Husserl in Light of Recent Neurobiological Findings 220
8 Wooden Iron? Husserlian Phenomenology Meets Cognitive Science 245
9 The Specious Present: A Neurophenomenology of Time Consciousness 266
Pt. 2 Mathematics in Phenomenology
10 Truth and the Visual Field 317
11 Morphological Eidetics for a Phenomenology of Perception 330
12 Formal Structures in the Phenomenology of Motion 372
13 Godel and Husserl 385
14 The Mathematical Continuum: From Intuition to Logic 401
Pt. 3 The Nature and Limits of Naturalization
15 Naturalizing Phenomenology? Dretske on Qualia 429
16 The Immediately Given as Ground and Background 440
17 When Transcendental Genesis Encounters the Naturalization Project 464
18 Sense and Continuum in Husserl 490
19 Cognitive Psychology and the Transcendental Theory of Knowledge 508
20 The Movement of the Living as the Originary Foundation of Perceptual Intentionality 525
21 Philosophy and Cognition: Historical Roots 539
Notes 561
Bibliography 597
Index of Persons 631
Index of Topics 635
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