This comprehensive new book introduces the core history of phenomenology and assesses its relevance to contemporary psychology, philosophy of mind, and cognitive science. From critiques of artificial intelligence research programs to ongoing work on embodiment and enactivism, the authors trace how phenomenology has produced a valuable framework for analyzing cognition and perception, whose impact on contemporary psychological and scientific research, and philosophical debates continues to grow. The first part of An Introduction to Phenomenology is an extended overview of the history and development of phenomenology, looking at its key thinkers, focusing particularly on Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, as well as its cultural and intellectual precursors. In the second half Chemero and Kaufer turn their attention to the contemporary interpretations and uses of phenomenology in cognitive science, showing that phenomenology is a living source of inspiration in contemporary interdisciplinary studies of the mind. Kaufer and Chemero have written a clear, jargon-free account of phenomenology, providing abundant examples and anecdotes to illustrate and to entertain.
This book is an ideal introduction to phenomenology and cognitive science for the uninitiated, as well as for philosophy and psychology students keen to deepen their knowledge.
Stephan Kaufer is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at Franklin and Marshall College Anthony Chemero Professor of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of Cincinnati.
Introduction Chapter 1. Kant and Wundt: 18th and 19th Century Background Chapter 2. Edmund Husserl and Transcendental Phenomenology Chapter 3. Martin Heidegger and Existential Phenomenology Chapter 4. Gestalt Psychology Chapter 5. Maurice Merleau-Ponty: The Body and Perception Chapter 6. Jean-Paul Sartre: Phenomenological existentialism Chapter 7. James J. Gibson and Ecological Psychology Chapter 8. Hubert Dreyfus and the Phenomenological Critique of Cognitivism Chapter 9. Phenomenological Cognitive Science Bibliography