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Naturalizing Phenomenology

Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science (Writing Science)

By Jean Petitot (Edited by), Francisco J. Varela (Edited by), Bernard Pachoud (Edited by), Jean-Michel Roy (Edited by)

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Format: Hardback, 672 pages
Published In: United States, 01 January 2000
This work aims to shed new light on the relations between Husserlian phenomenology and the 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 exegesis of Husserl s writings, although it does not dismiss the importance of such interpretive and critical work. Rather, the contributors assess the extent to which the kind of phenomenological investigation Husserl initiated favors the construction of a scientific theory of cognition, particularly in contributing to specific contemporary theories either by complementing or by questioning them. What clearly emerges is that Husserlian phenomenology cannot become instrumental in developing cognitive science without undergoing a substantial transformation. Therefore, the central concern of this book is not only the progress of contemporary theories of cognition but also the reorientation of Husserlian phenomenology.

Table of Contents

Foreword 1. Beyond the gap: an introduction to naturalizing phenomenology Jean-Michel Roy, Jean Petitot, Bernard Pachoud and Francisco J. Varela Part I. Intentionality, Movement and Temporality: 2. Intentionality naturalized? David Woodruff Smith 3. Saving intentional phenomena: intentionality, representation, and symbol Jean-Michel Roy 4. Leibhaftigkeit and representational theories of perception Elisabeth Pecherie 5. Perceptual completion: a case study in phenomenology and cognitive science Evan Thompson, Alva Noe and Luiz Pessoa 6. The teleological dimension of perceptual and motor intentionality Bernard Pachoud 7. Constitution by movement: Husserl in light of recent neurobiological findings Jean-Luc Petit 8. Wooden iron? Husserlian phenomenology meets cognitive science Tim van Gelder 9. The specious present: a neurophenomenology of time consciousness Francisco J. Varela Part II. Mathematics in Phenomenology: 10. Truth and the visual field Barry Smith 11. Morphological eidetics for a penomenology of perception Jean Petitot 12. Formal structures in the phenomenology of motion Roberto Casati 13. Godel and Husserl Dagfinn Follesdal 14. The mathematical continuum: from intuition to logic Giuseppe Longo Part III. The Nature and Limits of Naturalization: 15. Naturalizing phenomenology? Dretske on Qualia Ronald McIntyre 16. The immediately given as ground and background Juan-Jose Botero 17. When transcendental genesis encounters the naturalization project Natalie Depraz 18. Sense and continuum in Husserl Jean-Michel Salanskis 19. Cognitive psychology and the transcendental theory of knowledge Maria Villela-Petit 20. The movement of the living as the originary foundation of perceptual intentionality Renaud Barbaras 21. Philosophy and cognition: historical roots Jean-Pierre Dupuy Notes Bibliography Index of persons Index of topics.

About 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 Maitre de Conferences at the Universite de Picardie. Jean-Michel Roy is Maitre de Conferences at the Universite Michel de Montaigne (Bordeaux).


"Every student of cognition will somewhere in [Naturalizing Phenomenology] find something new and interesting." - APA Review of Books

EAN: 9780804733229
ISBN: 0804733228
Publisher: Stanford University Press
Dimensions: 23.5 x 15.5 centimetres (1.09 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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