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In the Name of Phenomenology - Dr. Simon Glendinning

In the Name of Phenomenology

Paperback Published: 16th July 2007
ISBN: 9780415223386
Number Of Pages: 268

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The attempt to pursue philosophy in the name of phenomenology is one of the most significant and important developments in twentieth century thought. In this bold and innovative book, Simon Glendinning introduces some of its major figures, and demonstrates that its ongoing strength and coherence is to be explained less by what Maurice Merleau-Ponty called the 'unity' of its 'manner of thinking' and more by what he called its 'unfinished nature'.

Beginning with a discussion of the nature of phenomenology, Glendinning explores the changing landscape of phenomenology in key texts by Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas and Derrida. Focusing on the different ways in which each philosopher has responded to and transformed the legacy of phenomenology, Glendinning shows that the richness of this legacy lies not in the formation of a distinctive movement or school but in a remarkable capacity to make fertile philosophical breakthroughs. Important topics such as the nature of phenomenological arguments, the critique of realism and idealism, ontology, existentialism, perception, ethics and the other are also closely examined. Through a re-evaluation of the development of phenomenology Glendinning traces the ruptures and dislocations of philosophy that, in an age dominated by science, strive constantly to renew our understanding of ourselves and our place in the world.

Clearly and engagingly written, In the Name of Phenomenology is essential reading for students of phenomenology and contemporary philosophy.

'What is phenomenology? Simon Glendinning has provided an original, artful, and provocative response to this question, provocative in the very best sense of the term ... This is an important book for those who want to understand better the phenomenological tradition and a book from which much is to be learned.' -- John J. Drummond, Fordham University, USA, Mind, Vol. 118 . 471 . July 2009 'Simon Glendinning's original, rigorous and elegantly written book invites us to consider phenomenology not as a philosophical school or movement, but rather as a set of modernist texts which put naturalism and scientism in question in ways that should interest contemporary Anglo-American philosophers, and which open themselves to question by their successors in ways that might renew philosophy's relevance to contemporary culture. It is a provocation to thought that is also a pleasure to read.' -- Stephen Mulhall, New College, Oxford 'A masterful expose of the central themes and thinkers of the phenomenological revolution. Written in a lucid and engaging style, this volume deploys the best resources of both continental and analytic philosophy to prize open the thesaurus of the 'things themselves'. It deftly unravels the ethical and deconstructive implications of phenomenology in the twentieth century, from Husserl and Heidegger to Derrida and Levinas.' -- Richard Kearney, Boston College, USA 'This rigorous and clear book is not only an outstanding advanced introduction to phenomenology but a development of this central philosophical inheritance for the English speaking world.' -- Robert Eaglestone, University of London, UK 'This is a superior philosophical introduction for anyone unfamiliar with the trail from Husserl to Derrida. It is not a history of a 'movement', but an authoritative argumentative defence -- in Glendinning's distinctive voice -- of an intellectual tradition opposed to the subsumption of the practice of philosophy under the methods of the natural sciences.' -- Stella Sandford, Middlesex University, UK

Acknowledgementsp. X
Introduction: opening wordsp. 1
What is phenomenology?p. 5
Faces of phenomenology
Outlook
Inheriting philosophyp. 10
Modernism in philosophyp. 11
Theses
No 'theses in philosophy'p. 14
'Description, not explanation or analysis'p. 16
'Re-look at the world without blinkers'p. 17
No view 'from the sideways perspective'p. 17
'We must go back to the "things themselves"p. 20
Where's the beef?p. 20
Quietismp. 24
The emergence of phenomenology: Brentano and Husserlp. 29
The dream of phenomenology
The legacy of Brentano
The subjectivity of the mentalp. 35
The intentionality doctrinep. 37
Husserl's analysis of signs
Indication and expressionp. 40
The primacy of expression: Husserlp. 42
The primacy of indication: Heidegger and Derridap. 45
Husserl's Cartesian Meditations
The Cartesian starting pointp. 48
The opening of transcendental phenomenologyp. 49
Husserl's master argument and the inward turnp. 54
Phenomenology as fundamental ontology: Martin Heideggerp. 59
The new beginning again
Fundamental ontology
The question of Beingp. 60
The inquiry into the meaning of 'Being'p. 62
The essence and end of philosophyp. 66
The phenomenology of Dasein
The forgotten questionp. 72
The analytic of Daseinp. 76
Being and the Nothing
Conceding nothingp. 82
Anxiety and the Nothingp. 87
Twilight of the idolsp. 90
Existential phenomenology: Jean-Paul Sartrep. 92
The 'has been'
The assault on idealism
Realism and idealismp. 93
The Being of the subjectp. 95
The Being of the objectp. 96
Being and nothingness
Sartre's negatitesp. 100
At home in the worldp. 103
Moral phenomenology
Freedomp. 105
Our moral situationp. 108
Kierkegaardian exemplarismp. 111
Mundig manp. 116
Phenomenology of perception: Maurice Merleau-Pontyp. 119
Ever-renewed beginnings
A preface for phenomenology
What we have been waiting forp. 120
A new phenomenological reduction
The forswearing of sciencep. 124
The priority argumentp. 126
The true cogitop. 129
The critique of objective thoughtp. 131
The body prior to science
Towards the incarnate subjectp. 154
Language and gesturep. 136
A genius for ambiguityp. 141
Phenomenology and the Other: Emmanuel Levinasp. 145
Levinas arrives
The Levinasian thicket
Levinas' writingp. 150
The transcendence of totalityp. 153
The unreasonable animalp. 155
The otherness of Others and of thingsp. 157
Levinas contra Heidegger and contra Husserl
Leaving Heideggerp. 160
Leaving Husserlp. 163
Leaving homep. 165
The rehabilitation of sensation
The Other as sensibly givenp. 167
Sensible pleasurep. 168
Reading the Otherp. 173
Interrupting phenomenology: Jacques Derridap. 178
In the name of phenomenology
A preface to what remains to come
The truth of manp. 180
The exerguep. 186
The rehabilitation of writing
Situating the linguistic turnp. 190
Writing and iterabilityp. 197
Deconstructing humanism
The difference between humans and animalsp. 202
Beyond the truth of manp. 207
Closing wordsp. 210
Notesp. 212
Bibliographyp. 255
Indexp. 261
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ISBN: 9780415223386
ISBN-10: 0415223385
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 268
Published: 16th July 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.44 x 16.31  x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.51
Edition Number: 1