Read preview Synopsis "Understanding Phenomenology" provides a guide to one of the most important schools of thought in modern philosophy. The book also assesses later, critical responses to phenomenology - from Derrida to Dennett - as well as the continued significance of phenomenology for philosophy today. Written for anyone coming to phenomenology for the first time, the book guides the reader through the often bewildering array of technical concepts and jargon associated with phenomenology and provides clear explanations and helpful examples to encourage and enhance engagement with the primary texts. Excerpt Introducing a book on phenomenology, indeed introducing phenomenology, is no easy matter, in part because there are so many ways to begin and no one way is ideal. The difficulty is compounded by the fact that, as will become apparent in the chapters to follow, there is a great deal in the way of technical vocabulary and concepts associated with phenomenology, but to begin by making use of such terminology will only add to whatever confusions arise from reading the primary texts. Since phenomenology has a relatively well-defined history, commencing at the start of the twentieth century with some nineteenth-century premonitions , along with a generally agreed on set of central figures, a book introducing phenomenology could begin historically, with a recitation of various names, dates and places.
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Cerbone was able to explain profound philosophy using simple metaphors and analogies for non-philosophy readers. The title of the book is so apt because at the end of it you can really say that you have understood phenomenology. It is written so lightly and so interestingly that I even considered it as a bed book. A "comprehensive" introduction to a subject I know precious little about. I was concerned when I began reading it because I thought there was alot this book could do wrong.
Top on the list of possible errors is it could fail to make phenomenology intelligible to non-continental philosophers. Were it to do that, it might be a fine discussion of phenomenology but still be a poor introduction to it. I am overjoyed to say that this is quite far from the case. Cerbone is well versed in analytic A "comprehensive" introduction to a subject I know precious little about.
Cerbone is well versed in analytic philosophy of mind, and so is able to relate many of the points made by famous phenomenological philosophers to various problems and positions within analytic phil mind debates. It is to his further credit that he does this in a way that does not seem to cramp his more basic straightforward presentation of the material itself. Highly recommended for analytics getting into continental work for the first time, as well as philosophers of mind interested in seeing to what extent phenomenology might be able to serve as a foil to contemporary debates in the analytic world.
Also highly recommended for advanced undergrads.
David R. Cerbone, Understanding Phenomenology, Acumen, , pp. In recent years there has been an extraordinary resurgence of interest in phenomenology both in continental philosophy with students anxious to understand the tradition which has given rise to the complex thought of Derrida, Levinas, Lacan, and others and in analytic philosophy where the intersection between philosophy of mind and cognitive science has stimulated interest in the first-person experience of consciousness. To assist in understanding the phenomenological movement Cerbone has contributed a very useful book that is accessible to students trained in either tradition. Cerbone explains phenomenology as follows: Phenomenology is precisely concerned with the way in which things show up or are manifest to us, with the shape and structure of manifestation. Cerbone, p. He then takes the reader through the work of the four main phenomenologists: two German Husserl and Heidegger , and two French Sartre and Merleau-Ponty.