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On Becoming Aware : A Pragmatics of Experiencing :  A Pragmatics of Experiencing - Natalie Depraz

On Becoming Aware : A Pragmatics of Experiencing

A Pragmatics of Experiencing

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This book searches for the sources and means for a disciplined practical approach to exploring human experience. The spirit of this book is pragmatic and relies on a Husserlian phenomenology primarily understood as a method of exploring our experience. The authors do not aim at a neo-Kantian a priori 'new theory' of experience but instead they describe a concrete activity: how we examine what we live through, how we become aware of our own mental life. The range of experiences of which we can become aware is vast: all the normal dimensions of human life (perception, motion, memory, imagination, speech, everyday social interactions), cognitive events that can be precisely defined as tasks in laboratory experiments (e.g., a protocol for visual attention), but also manifestations of mental life more fraught with meaning (dreaming, intense emotions, social tensions, altered states of consciousness). The central assertion in this work is that this immanent ability is habitually ignored or at best practiced unsystematically, that is to say, blindly. Exploring human experience amounts to developing and cultivating this basic ability through specific training. Only a hands-on, non-dogmatic approach can lead to progress, and that is what animates this book. (Series B)

Introduction: A guide for the perplexedp. 1
The basic cycle
Overall presentationp. 15
Epochep. 24
Intuitive evidencep. 43
The structure of a session
Expressionp. 65
Validationp. 77
Surrounding events
Upstream and downstreamp. 97
Apprenticeship and trainingp. 99
Facets of apprenticeshipp. 101
Progressive generativity of expertisep. 102
Relation to mediationp. 103
The temporal generativity of motivation and after-effectsp. 107
The point of view of the researcher
The cognitives sciencesp. 115
Psychology and subjective experience: Introspectionp. 129
Concerning practice
Introduction: Practice is the privileged site for grasping of experiencep. 155
Embodied practices in cognitive sciencep. 155
A diverse philosophical background: Practical reason, pragmatism, praxis and habitusp. 159
The "handle" of cognition: The psychological view of knowing-how and coping withp. 163
Practitioners validate and enrich this level of analysisp. 167
The philosophical challenge
The place of experience in philosophyp. 170
The ways of the reductionp. 184
Wisdom traditions and the ways of reduction
What do we mean by spiritual traditions?p. 205
The practice of mindfulness (shamatha): The historical contextp. 207
Sitting practice and the phenomenology of experiencep. 214
Relating back to other motivationsp. 224
Open conclusionp. 233
Postfacep. 237
Referencesp. 241
Glossary of termsp. 253
Indexp. 263
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ISBN: 9789027251633
ISBN-10: 9027251630
Series: Advances in Consciousness Research
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 289
Published: 2003
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.0 x 16.0  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.54