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Beyond Phenomenology : Rethinking the Study of Religion

Beyond Phenomenology : Rethinking the Study of Religion
by Gavin D. Flood


 Introduction to Phenomenology

Introduction to Phenomenology
by Dermot Moran


Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science

Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science 
by Jean Petitot (Editor), Francisco J. Varela (Editor), Bernard Pachoud, Jean-Michel Roy (Editor)


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 The Basic Problems of Phenomenology
Cambridge CompanionsThe Cambridge Companion to Husserl (Cambridge Companions to Philosophy) by Barry Smith (Editor), David Woodruff Smith (Editor)

Ever wonder how we can know anything outside our consciousness? Ever wonder what the consciousness is itself, or what structures it possesses? Ever wonder how we can have any objectivity if we live as subjective creatures? If you have then phenomenology may be something that interests you. To explore this topic, one can't help but encounter Husserl. He founded the discipline and laid broad grounds which must be thought through. Even as a graduate student in philosophy, I find the Husserlian text to be extremely difficult to read. This is not because the material itself is intrinsically hard. Husserl himself stressed the importance of intuitive understand. His ideas, once understood really do appeal to this intuitive understanding of how things are. What makes reading Husserl difficult is that all of the English translations have somehow forsaken good prose for accuracy. This and because the Husserlian corpus is very broad makes phenomenology a little threatening.

Enter the Cambridge Companion to Husserl. Succinct, relevant to the field, and applicable to everyday thinking, this book is a wonderful partner for the thinker who is beginning to think phenomenologically. It summarized Husserl's thoughts clearly so that the beginner can understand. However, it is not Husserl for Dummies! The thoughts expressed are subtle enough, so that new insights can be garnered in rereads of the the essays. All main areas of his philosophy are covered: the epistemology, the derivative ontology, language theory, ideas on math and objectivity.

Though not Husserl for Dummies! neither is it Husserl for the Husserlian. As a student, I had the pleasure of studying with two of the authors: David Smith and Rick Tiezen. From personal experience, both men are particularly precise and rigorous with their thinking. Besides teaching at UCIrvine, Smith also teaches elementary school children the fundamentals of philosophy. Both experiences carries in his writings, as he is able to express complex thoughts cogently to experts and laymen alike. As for Tiezen is expertise as both a logician, mathematician and phenomenologist makes his especially qualified to speak on Husserl's mathematics. Half of professor Tiezen's time is spent with freshmen in introductory classes. The other half working with ornry graduate students like myself. Both men's ability to teach high and low shows in their writings, making the Companion a pleasure to read. -- anonymous review

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Janus Head

Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature, Continental Philosophy, Phenomenological Psychology, and the Arts.

Janus Head is devoted to maintaining an attitude of respect and openness to the various manifestations of truth in human experience; it strives to foster understanding through meditative thinking, narrative structure, and poetic imagination. Like the Janus head reliefs found over the doorways of old Roman homes, this journal, too, is situated at a threshold. The space within this journal, like the space beyond the Janus head relief, is a space where dwelling can occur, where thinking can take place, and where community can be built. 


Mythos & Logos

Maintained by Brent Dean Robbins.  Mythos & Logos is dedicated to the exploration of existential-phenomenological philosophy, psychology and literature, as well as the broader spectrum of continental philosophy, psychoanalytic theory, perennial philosophy, and much more. Site features many on-line essays and a comprehensive list of links.  


Center for Advance Research in Phenomenology

This site will continue to expand over the coming months and years to foster phenomenology in all relevant countries and disciplines. To carry out our goal of supporting phenomenology into the 21st century and beyond, we invite your help and suggestions for our website. At this time, we especially hope you will contribute to the International Registry of Phenomenologists and the Collective Bibliography of the Phenomenological Movement, although we also welcome pictures for the Gallery, copies of past conference programs, etc. 


Phenomenology Naturalized

Essay by Evan Thompson, Alva Noë, and Luiz Pessoa. To appear in: J. Petitot, J-M Roy, B. Pachoud, & F.J. Varela (eds.), Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science (Stanford University Press). 


The Phenomenology Page

Phenomenology, 20th-century philosophical movement dedicated to describing the structures of experience as they present themselves to consciousness, without recourse to theory, deduction, or assumptions from other disciplines such as the natural sciences.  


Gruppe Phänomenologie --- Society for the Advancement of the Reception and the Critical Development of Phenomenology and of Its Impulses

As of its constitution in February 1994, and according to its statutes, the scientific association Gruppe Phänomenologie wants to advance and critically develop phenomenology and its impulses. The term "Gruppe" (group/section) denotes an association of young researchers (women and men who might or might not be situated in the academic field) interested in phenomenology. With reference to a specific reading of phenomenology developed in Germany over the last decades (Waldenfels), the Gruppe Phänomenologie wants to establish a platform that caters to a demand for critical discussions in Austria. Besides German and French phenomenology, we also want to deal with phenomenology as it has developed in other countries, non-European and European. In addition to the historical dimensions of phenomenology, current issues and debates will also be attended to. In order to promote a multiplicity of different positions, approaches and disciplines inside and outside philosophy, constitutive for phenomenology as a discipline, interdisciplinarity is going to be of primary interest. 

This website includes brief descriptions of:

Continental Philosophy Review

An International Philosophical Review (formerly: Man and World)


Grolier Encyclopedia:   Phenomenology

Phenomenology is a school of philosophy whose principal purpose is to study the phenomena, or appearances, of human experience while attempting to suspend all consideration of their objective reality or subjective association. The phenomena studied are those experienced in various acts of consciousness, mainly cognitive or perceptual acts, but also in such acts as valuation and aesthetic appreciation...  (There's more)


SPEP:  Society for Phenomenology and Existentialism

SPEP is the Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, a professional organization devoted to supporting philosophy inspired by Continental European traditions. SPEP is also actively committed to philosophical pluralism.  It has become the second largest American philosophical society and accommodates such traditions as critical theory, existentialism, feminism, German Idealism, hermeneutics, post-structuralism and phenomenology.


Formal Ontology

Site created and maintained by  Raul Corazzon.  Formal Ontology from Husserl to Cocchiarella with the only complete bibliography of Nino Cocchiarella (link at two papers on-line) and bibliographical references to to other ontologists. 


Formal Ontology is "the systematic, formal, axiomatic development of the logic of all forms of being" (Nino Cocchiarella in: "Formal Ontology", Handbook of Metaphysics and Ontology, eds., B. Smith and H. Burkhardt, Philosophia Verlag, Munich, 1991, pp. 640).  This site is dedicated to the philosophical developments of this discipline from his first definition by Husserl in the Logical Investigations (1900) to the most recent developments due to Nino Cocchiarella. My objective is to give to the interested readers the basic notions and bibliographical references that I wanted to find when I began to search on this argument.

Books by Nino Cocchiarella:

Logical Investigations of Predication Theory and the Problem of Universals (Indices : Monographs in Philosophical Logic and Formal Linguistics, 2)
Nino Cocchiarella / Hardcover / Published 1987
Logical Studies in Early Analytic Philosophy
Nino B. Cocchiarella / Hardcover / Published 1988
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