This title introduces the history and methods of Phenomenology through the study of four key thinkers: Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau-Ponty. This book provides a concise and comprehensive introduction to the concept of phenomenology, perhaps the most important and influential movement in twentieth century philosophy. It explains the development of the phenomenological method in the works of four thinkers: Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. It also addresses the criticisms directed at phenomenology by Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida, and the ways in which phenomenology has continued to flourish in spite of such critique, in the work of Michel Henry and Jean-Luc Marion. The text includes many helpful features such as key definitions, sample essay and exam questions, an extensive bibliography, and suggested readings for each topic covered, making the book an ideal companion to any course in phenomenology and phenomenological thinkers.
The book presupposes no prior knowledge on the part of the reader, making it suitable for those encountering phenomenology for the first time, but it also provides an original interpretation that will be of lasting value to postgraduates and scholars.
Michael Lewis teaches philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK. Tanja Staehler is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sussex, UK.
Introduction; Part I: Edmund Husserl; 1. The Phenomenological Epoche; 2. Intentionality and Perception; 3. The Lifeworld; 4. Intersubjectivity; Part II: Martin Heidegger; 5. Dasein and the Question of Being; 6. The World, Hermeneutics and History; 7. The Work of Art: World and Earth; 8. Technology, Language, The Thing; Part III: Jean-Paul Sartre; 9. Phenomenological Psychology; 10. Pre-reflective Consciousness; 11. Existentialism; 12. The Other; Part IV: Maurice Merleau-Ponty; 13. The Lived Body; 14. Language and Painting; 15. A Philosophy of Ambiguity; 16. Flesh, Reversibility, Chiasm; Part V: Post-phenomenology and the Future of Phenomenology; 17. Derrida; 18. Levinas; 19. Michel Henry; 20. Jean-Luc Marion; Further Reading and Bibliography; Index.