Understanding Phenomenology has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Yzobelle said: Fantastic series! Cerbone was able to explain profound philosophy using simple.. . Cambridge Core – Philosophy: General Interest – Understanding Phenomenology – by David R. Cerbone. David R. Cerbone, Understanding Phenomenology, Acumen, , pp., $ (pbk), ISBN Reviewed by Dermot Moran.

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As we know, Husserl resisted equating phenomenology with phenomenological psychology. The hpenomenology also assesses critical responses to phenomenology by philosophers ranging from Derrida to Dennett as well as the continued significance of phenomenology for philosophy today.

Cerbone goes on to give a very interesting account of the noema and to review Husserl’s account of the ego in a helpful way. Indeed, Husserl too makes a clear distinction between the ego in its ‘actional’ role, when it is deliberately judging, deciding and so on, and the ego phenomeno,ogy it is more usually experienced as an absorbed consciousness of the experience undergone. Return to Book Page. Top on the list of possible errors is it could fail to make phenomenology intelligible to non-continental philosophers.

Moreover, many of the sceptical challenges phenomenology is alleged to face presuppose an overly objective understanding of experience that phenomenology typically rejects. In general, I was very pleased by Cerbone’s way of characterising the work of both Sartre and Merleau-Ponty.

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Understanding Phenomenology

Sign in via your Institution. This book appears in a series — Understanding Movements in Understajding Thought — that aims to provide, primarily for undergraduates, accessible and concise introductions to central philosophical themes.

Added to PP index Understandding downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of cedbone, How can I increase my downloads? David Cerbone’s very phenomnology and helpful book on phenomenology certainly lives up to the series’ aim. The real challenge phenomenology confronts is one of establishing the legitimacy — and authority — of its distinctive methods in opposition to naturalism. A charming, succinct text but I’m on the other side of its project.


Keith rated it really liked it Jul 15, Cerbone briefly summarises Heidegger’s discussions of inauthenticity and authenticity and his characterisation of Dasein’s authentic attitude towards temporality as essentially futural, whereas everydayness draws us into a more anonymous repetition of the present. Susan rated it it was ok Dec 14, 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.

Michel Henry – – Fordham University Press. Missing, however, is discussion of one of Sartre’s most original contributions, namely, his phenomenology of image-consciousness and imagination generally.

Understanding Phenomenology by David R. Cerbone

I believe this is an important distinction and one that Husserl frequently made. But precisely therein lies the problem.

I think the matter is far more complicated, however. For reasons of full disclosure, I should mention that Cerbone refers briefly to my own Introduction to Phenomenology in the Further Reading section.

Good introduction, and his classes were amazing.

Richard Schmitt – – In Paul Edwards ed. Cerbone clearly explains Heidegger’s focus on ontology but somewhat glides over the fact that Heidegger insists that ontology is possible only as phenomenology. In the final chapter, however, he tries to address their defects in a discussion of the ‘problems and prospects’ of phenomenology. Analytic readers are kept up to speed, but the book isn’t a pure work of translation from phenomenologt philosophical tradition to another; its substance is not to be underestimated.

Phenomenological method: reflection, introspection, and skepticism – Oxford Handbooks

Philosophy of Mind, Misc in Continental Philosophy. Phenomenology and the Metaphysics of Presence: But one should not always accept that because history understxnding written by the victors that that version is a true account. The book also assesses critical responses to phenomenology by philosophers ranging from Derrida to Dennett Understanding Phenomenology traces phenomenology’s historical development, beginning with its founder, Edmund Husserl, and his “pure” or “transcendental” phenomenology and continuing with the later, “existential” phenomenology of Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty.


Written for those encountering phenomenology for the first time, the book guides the reader through the often bewildering array of technical concepts and jargon, and provides clear explanations and helpful examples to encourage uncerstanding enhance engagement with the primary texts. Tmvilla rated it it was amazing Apr 03, Cerbone then moves on to discuss Dasein’s self-understanding and Heidegger’s diagnosis of how each of us finds ourselves in a particular concernful state of mind Befindlichkeithow the experience of the I involves a certain dissipation into the everyday, worldly ‘ das Man ‘ in a condition of captivation or seduction by the world which Heidegger calls ‘falling’ Verfallen.


David rated it liked it Jul 04, In fact, Husserl’s anti-naturalism stemmed from a transcendental insight that consciousness, which is ‘for the world’, couldn’t be fully explained in terms of the world itself.

Husserl is presented as a critique of naturalism, explained by Cerbone as ‘a rejection of the idea that the natural sciences can provide a complete or exhaustive account of reality’ Cerbone, p. The attitude that comes to diagnose the natural attitude for what it is is actually the theoretical attitude, the attitude of the non-participating spectator. Also highly recommended for advanced undergrads. Be the first to ask a question about Understanding Phenomenology.

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