Phenomenology: The Basics is a concise and engaging introduction to one of the dominant philosophical movements of the 20th century. This lively and lucid book provides an introduction to the essential phenomenological concepts that are crucial for understanding great thinkers such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. Written by a leading expert in the field, Dan Zahavi examines and explains key questions such as:
• What is a phenomenological analysis?
• What are the methodological foundations of phenomenology?
• What does phenomenology have to say about embodiment and intersubjectivity?
• How is phenomenology distinguished from, and related to, other fields in philosophy?
• How do ideas from classic phenomenology relate to ongoing debates in psychology and qualitative research?
With a glossary of key terms and suggestions for further reading, the book considers key philosophical arguments around phenomenology, making this an ideal starting point for anyone seeking a concise and accessible introduction to the rich and complex study of phenomenology.
"A lucid and authoritative introduction to phenomenology including its practical applications in sociology and psychology from one of the world’s leading phenomenologists."
Dermot Moran, University College Dublin, Ireland
"Dan Zahavi’s Phenomenology: The Basics offers a fresh introduction to contemporary phenomenology. The book combines systematic clarity with interdisciplinary perspectives while attesting to the richness of the tradition. Zahavi’s Phenomenology: The Basics will guide several generations of philosophers and scientists in the study of consciousness, embodiment, communality and normality."
Sara Heinämaa, Academy of Finland, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.
"The task of familiarizing oneself with the field of phenomenology can be daunting given its vast literature and the semantic intricacy of its key concepts. Dan Zahavi, one of the most prolific and insightful phenomenologists of his generation, has provided a concise, clear and intellectually stimulating introduction in the form of Phenomenology: The Basics."
Alessandro Duranti, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
"This book is the distillation of the author’s work on phenomenology for a quarter of a century. It is filled with lucid examples, gets to the core of what phenomenology is all about, and is essential reading for any students of that tradition."
Piet Hut, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, USA
Part I: Foundational Issues
1. The Phenomena
3. Methodological Considerations
4. Science and the Lifeworld
5. Digging Deeper: From surface to depth phenomenology
6. Merleau-Ponty’s Preface to Phenomenology of Perception
Part II: Concrete Analyses
7. Spatiality and Embodiment
8. Intersubjectivity and Sociality
Part III: Applied Phenomenology
9. Phenomenological Sociology
10. Phenomenological Psychology, Qualitative Research, and Cognitive Science
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