- Paperback: 592 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (February 5, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415183731
- ISBN-13: 978-0415183734
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"Moran's writing is consistently clear, and his work provides information useful to readers of various philosophical backgrounds interested in familiarizing themselves with phenomenology... "Introduction to Phenomenology remains an extensive and worthy reference work."
-"Review of Metaphysics
"This is an excellent book which can be warmly recommended not just to someone with a particular interest in phenomenology and its history but to anyone with a genuine interest in philosophy. It is impressively erudite but never dull."
-" Philosophical Quarterly
..."a lively narrative that avoids the tedium of excessive argumentation and theoretical exposition."
-"Choice, September 2000
"For years philosophers have been looking for a clear, engaging, accurate introduction to phenomenology to recommend to students and read themselves. This is the book."
-Charles Guignon, University of Vermont
..."the most accessible, the most scholarly, and philosophically the most interesting account of the phenomenological movement yet written."
-David Bell, University of Sheffield
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One slight complaint on my part. While there is no doubt that Hannah Arendt is one of the Twentieth Century's major thinkers, her reputation is not in phenomenology, though she was a student of Heidegger. I believe this volume would have been better served instead by the inclusion of Aron Gurwitsch and Alfred Schutz, both of whom applied the method of phenomenology to science and sociology, respectively. The Arendt inclusion is a little too redolent of political correctness to suit me, and does not serve her to the effect she deserves from such a study.
But then, one can't have everything, and the plusses of this volume far outweigh any petty complaints of mine. Overall, a volume that should be in every philosophy library.
In addition Moran has included a very useful bibliography of untranslated and translated primary sources, as well as secondary sources. Coupled with its expansive index, this book is an equally good reference guide.
Some have made comparisons with Father Robert Sokolowski's equally good "Introduction to Phenomenology." Besides the name and the fact that these books were published around the same time, it is really unfair to compare them; these two excellent scholars of phenomenology have two diffent agendas. Sokolowski simply wants to explain the main thrust of phenomenology in a very clear and useful way, giving his reader an understanding of how to "think" phenomenologically, leading one to do phenomenology, or, at the very least, incorporate basic phenomenological ideas in every-day life. To this extent, it achieves its goal brillianatly. Moran's book is more historical, and perhaps more scholarly and technical. When we compare Sokolowski's book, encompassing around two hundred pages, against Moran's at around five hundred fifty, this should seem evident, but not suggestive of an over-simplification on Sokolowski's part. In fact, I believe that the two books complement one another quite well, and both seem a good start prior to delving into primary material: Moran's for particular tomes, and Sokolowski's for extracting the method of a phenomenologist, or a phenomenology if you will.