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"Understanding Phenomenology strikes a masterful balance in tone and content, combining accessibility and sophistication, generality and subtlety, exposition and criticism. The book will be perfect for undergraduate courses on phenomenology, existentialism, and more generally contemporary European philosophy. A superb text - the best introduction to phenomenology available in English." Taylor Carman, Barnard College, Columbia University "There is no book in print today that I know of that gives an accessible but responsible overview of the practice of phenomenology from Husserl to Merleau-Ponty. Understanding Phenomenology does this job admirably, and it does more as well. I expect the book to become essential reading for undergraduate classes in phenomenology and perhaps even for introductory graduate courses." Sean Kelly, Princeton University"

About the Author

David R. Cerbone is Associate Professor of Philosophy at West Virginia University.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844650553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844650552
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Holt on December 3, 2006
Format: Paperback
Anyone who wants to understand their world better should definitely read this book. It is a step-by-step introduction to phenomenology, from Husserl and Heidegger all the way up to Derrida. Extremely well-written, this book helped me understand the main concepts and ideas of phenomenology. I highly recommend it those who want to look at the world in a different way.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on November 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I am not one who is prone to writing reviews but the quality of this text compelled me to break from this norm. The book is an exquisite introduction to phenomenology through a chronological study of its preeminent contributors. In this sense, the book starts with Husserl, then moves through Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. At each step the methodological differences and nuances of position are highlighted and most major concepts are broached to some degree. Along the way, the contributions made by Derrida, Levinas, Dreyfus, and other phenomenologist's are brought to the table.

The book's strength lies for me in it's beautiful blend of general overview, historical placings, in-depth conceptual analysis, wit, and ease of writing. I've read the primary works of each of the figures mentioned, yet I still felt engaged and enlightened by a volume which succinctly puts these complex spheres of thought down in a nice small work. Great for classes at any level (primary text for undergrads and supplemental for grads), though I'd also recommend it to any reflective layman, or outer-disciplinary scholar who felt the intuitive pull to explore this field of thought.

Like all things, we approach "overview books" with a pre-set eidos of what they will have to offer, and still, every once in a while, one comes along which explodes this concept wide open; and Cerbone's book is certainly in this neighborhood. If I have any critiques its over the absence of Jose Ortega y Gasset and to a large extend Simone de Beauvoir; then again, this would sacrifice one aspect of this book I found most compelling- its manageable length.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Omeron on November 18, 2014
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