Introduction to Phenomenology is an outstanding and comprehensive guide to phenomenology. Dermot Moran lucidly examines the contributions of phenomenology's nine seminal thinkers: Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Arendt, Levinas, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida.
Written in a clear and engaging style, Introduction to Phenomenology charts the course of the phenomenological movement from its origins in Husserl to its transformation by Derrida. It describes the thought of Heidegger and Sartre, phenomonology's most famous thinkers, and introduces and assesses the distinctive use of phenomonology by some of its lesser known exponents, such as Levinas, Arendt and Gadamer. Throughout the book, the enormous influence of phenomenology on the course of twentieth-century philosophy is thoroughly explored.
This is an indispensible introduction for all unfamiliar with this much talked about but little understood school of thought. Technical terms are explained throughout and jargon is avoided. Introduction to Phenomenology will be of interest to all students seeking a reliable introduction to a key movement in European thought.
Dermot Moran teaches Philosophy at the University College Dublin.
Franz Brentano - descriptive psychology and intentionality; Edmund Husserl - the founder of phenomenology; pre-phenomenological beginnings - Husserl's path to the logical investigations; Husserl's logical investigations; Husserl's discovery of the reduction and transcendental phenomenology; Husserl and the crisis of the European sciences Martin Heidegger - hermeneutical phenomenology; Heidegger's later philosophy of language; Hans-Georg Gadamer - phenomenology and philosophical hermeneutics; Amor Mundi - Hannah Arendt and the phenomenology of the public sphere; Emmanuel Levinas - the phenomenology of the other; Jean-Paul Sartre - the phenomenology of freedom; perception, the body-subject and the flesh of the world - Maurice Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology; Jacques Derrida - from phenomenology to deconstruction; conclusion - the fate of phenomenology.