Thursday, July 1, 2010

Why phenomenology now?

A talk on 'The Phenomenological mind' continues.

Why do we need to reconsider phenomenology now in the 21st century?
Gallagher and Zahavi indicate these three points;

<1> Consciousness was raised as a scientific question from 1990s (the 'hard problem'), and phenomenology is thought to be important as a methodology.

<2> To design the experiments or to interpret the results of neuroscience and brain-imaging, a methodology to describe properly the conscious experience is needed.

<3> Phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty's) offers one of the best examples of embodied approaches to cognition, and brings the embodied, embedded, and extended view of the mind.