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The Phenomenology Reader Hardcover – May 31, 2002

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'In addition to such central figures as Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Gadamer, this book also contains clear introductions to, and useful excerpts from Reinach, Scheler, Stein, de Beauvoir, Arendt, Derrida, and Ricoeur. The result is a rich, informative, reliable, and highly readable guide to phenomenology from its inception to the present day.' - David Bell, Sheffield University

'A judiciously selected and carefully edited series of readings in phenomenology. It will make an ideal sourcebook for students and an excellent textbook for teachers.' - Simon Critchley, University of Essex

'Clearly the product of serious thinking and a significant contribution ... the anthology is exemplary in its comprehensiveness, accessibility and its combination of informative discussion with critical evaluation.' - Critical and Cultural Theory

About the Author

Dermot Moran is Professor of Philosophy at University College Dublin and Editor of the International Journal of Philosophical Studies. He is author of Introduction to Phenomenology (Routledge 2000) and editor of Edmund Husserl, Logical Investigations, trans J.N. Findlay (Routledge 2001) and E. Husserl, The Shprter Logical Investigations (Routledge, 2001).
Timothy Mooney is Lecturer in Philosophy at University College Dublin.

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  • Hardcover: 624 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 31, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415224217
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415224215
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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Prof. Dermot Moran PhD DLitt MRIA is Professor of Philosophy (Metaphysics & Logic), University College Dublin, and Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor in the School of Arts, Murdoch University, Australia. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy since 2003. Prof. Moran has published widely on medieval philosophy (especially Christian Neoplatonism) and contemporary European philosophy, especially the phenomenological tradition. His monographs include: The Philosophy of John Scottus Eriugena. A Study of Idealism in the Middle Ages (Cambridge University Press, 1989; reissued 2004), Introduction to Phenomenology (Routledge, 2000), Edmund Husserl. Founder of Phenomenology (Cambridge: Polity, 2005), Husserl's Crisis of the European Sciences: An Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2012), and, co-authored with Joseph Cohen, The Husserl Dictionary (Bloomsbury, 2012. He has edited Husserl's Logical Investigations, 2 vols. (Routledge, 2001), The Shorter Logical Investigations (Routledge, 2001), The Phenomenology Reader, co-edited with Tim Mooney (Routledge, 2002), Phenomenology. Critical Concepts in Philosophy, 5 Volumes, co-edited with Lester E. Embree (Routledge, 2004), The Routledge Companion to Twentieth Century Philosophy (Routledge, 2008) and, with Rasmus Thybo Jensen, The Phenomenology of Embodied Subjectivity (Springer 2014). He is Founding Editor of The International Journal of Philosophical Studies (1993) and Co-Editor of the book series Contributions to Phenomenology (Springer). In 2013, he was awarded the DLitt Degree by the National University of Ireland on the basis of published work. Prof. Moran has been the recipient of a number of Irish Research Council grants and senior research fellowships, including the IRC Research Development Initiative Grant The Phenomenology of Consciousness and Subjectivity (2008-2010) and the IRC Advanced Collaborative Research Project Discovering the We: The Phenomenology of Sociality (2012-2013). He is PI of the successful Australian Research Council Discovery Project, Judgment, Responsibility and the life-world: The phenomenological critique of formalism (2010-2012) and Chief Investigator of the Marie Curie award Towards a Phenomenology of the Anxious Body (2014-2017). He conducts research in phenomenology, the relations between analytic and Continental philosophy and on medieval Neo-Platonism. He is currently working on the themes of intentionality, embodiment, empathy, intersubjectivity and sociality. His Introduction to Phenomenology was awarded the Ballard Prize in 2001 and has been translated into Chinese and Spanish. In recognition of his research contribution, Professor Moran was awarded the Royal Irish Academy Gold Medal in the Humanities in 2012. He is currently President of the International Federation of Philosophical Studies/Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie (FISP) for the term 2013-2018 planning the 24th World Congress of Philosophy in Beijing in 2018.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By FrKurt Messick HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 30, 2004
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It is somewhat ironic that Phenomenology, as a term or as a philosophical school, has yet to really reach the popular consciousness, given that phenomenology is in many respects a study of consciousness and how reality impacts consciousness. Phenomenology in the most formal sense of being a school of philosophy is largely traced to Franz Brentano (1838-1917) and Edmund Husserl (1859-1938). Husserl's great work at the turn of the last century, Logical Investigations, set the stage for the development of phenomenology as a way of seeing, a descriptive study with roots in empiricism going back to inspiration from Aristotelian ideas. This is a key word - description. Rather than being a set of constructs and principles typical of previous philosophical systems, Phenomenology attempts to describe reality fully as reality is presented to our senses.

Phenomenology is different from scientific study in that it does not pretend toward a universal truth or experience unmediated through our subjectivity (a principle modern science seems to be incorporating more and more). Editor Dermot Moran has a solid introduction to the subject, including distinctions of different kinds of study, some of the personalities involved in the development of phenomenology, and the current state of the discipline.

The list of names of those involved in phenomenology as a discipline or as a method reads like a who's who of twentieth century intellectuals - Derrida, Ricoeur, Arendt, Heidegger, Sartre, Levinas, and others. Each of these, in addition to Husserl and Brentano, have articles and extracts included in this volume, along with some other thinkers as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Brown on July 18, 2009
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Moran and Mooney's "The Phenomenology Reader" is a great primer for the subject, if you can have a primer in it. They have a wonderful introduction that gives the writings that follow a historical place and then offer brief introductions to each of the writers and writings as they come. It's not the easiest introduction to phenomenology, but I'm not sure that one exists. It's not an easy topic.

Note: this book is quite a tome, if you're looking for a pocket sized intro, check out the "Very Short Introduction" series by Oxford
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This is an excellent collection of writings on phenomenology. It includes some of the most significant works of Heidegger (such as a piece that mentions the imago of a blossoming tree) as well as some major works by female writers. This text also includes significant biographies on all of the included writers.

One particular writing in this work is by Paul Ricoeur, who is one of the most recent phenomenologists and phenomenological critics. He introduces some of the radical foundations for coherent theories of objective knowledge that later gel in the works of Nathan Coppedge. I am Nathan Coppedge, and I found Ricoeur's work influential, even though my own work is self-published.
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