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Monday, September 23, 2013

Phenomenology Kitten—In a Nutshell

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On this day in Round and Square History 
23 September 2012—Academic Autobiography: Working the Field (1b)
23 September 2011—Remonstrance: Not Cliché (or you have missed the point)
[a] Appearing to consciousness RF
One is telling the truth if one says that phenomena
are object of inner perception, even though the term
"inner" is actually superfluous. All phenomena are to
be called inner because they all belong to one reality,
be it as constituents or as correlates.
                             —Franz von Brentano, 1888

O.k., I may be filled with wonder, but I know how to start this month long voyage. So let's start with a very simple definition. We'll work it out from there. In a nutshell, phenomenology is the study of consciousness (and it's "structures") from a first-person perspective.  

It is what I see, smell, hear, touch, and taste. 
[b] Perception RF

Phenomenology is highly critical of smug, self-assured observers content with what they regard as their "objectivity." 

Know what? There is no objectivity. Everyone in the world has a position (many of them, really), and those positions—anthropologists like to call this "positionality"—shape everything that we can know...about anything.

Phenomenology. It's a good start to think that our perceptions matter, even when we think that we are observing how the world "really" works.

Tomorrow—it all goes back to Immanuel Kant.

Immer wieder.
[c] Immer noch RF
[Originally posted on September 2, 2014]

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