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Phenomenology of Thinking

Philosophical Investigations into the Character of Cognitive Experiences, 1st Edition

Edited by Thiemo Breyer, Christopher Gutland


224 pages

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This book draws connections between recent advances in analytic philosophy of mind and insights from the rich phenomenological tradition concerning the nature of thinking. By combining both analytic and continental approaches, the volume arrives at a more comprehensive understanding of the mental process of "thinking" and the experience and manipulation of objects of thought. Contributors scrutinize aspects of thinking that have a common grounding in both the phenomenological and analytic tradition: perception, language, logic, embodiment and situatedness due to individual history or current experience. This collection serves to broaden and enrich the current debate over "cognitive phenomenology," and lays the foundations for further dialogue between analytic and continental approaches to the phenomenal character of thinking.


"It is impossible to do justice to the complexities of these papers. Suffice it to say that they are invariably interesting and thought-provoking. Taken together, they present a set of ideas that will advance the understanding of cognitive phenomenology from a phenomenological perspective, and they have implications for the debate as conducted in analytic philosophy of mind."Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

Table of Contents


Thiemo Breyer, University of Cologne & Christopher Gutland, University of Freiburg

1. The Character of Cognitive Phenomenology

Uriah Kriegel, Institut Jean Nicod

2. Empty Intentions and Phenomenological Character: A Defence of Inclusivism

Walter Hopp, Boston University

3. Phenomenally Thinking About This Individual

David Woodruff Smith, University of California

4. Attitudinal Coginitive Phenomenology and the Horizon of Possibilities

Marta Jorba, University of Girona

5. The Sense of Natural Meaning in Conscious Inference

Anders Nes, University of Oslo

6. The "As-Structure" of Intentional Experience in Husserl and Heidegger

Maxime Doyon, Université de Montréal

7. The Practice of Thinking: Between Dreyfus and McDowell

Shaun Gallagher, University of Memphis

8. The Limits of Conceptual Thinking

Rudolf Bernet, Catholic University of Leuven

9. Non-Linguistic Thinking and Communication--Its Semantics and Some Applications

Dieter Lohmar, University of Cologne

10. What Is It to Think?

Steven Crowell, Rice University

11. Moral Perception: High-Level Perception or Low-Level Intuition?

Elijah Chudnoff, University of Miami

About the Editors

Thiemo Breyer is Professor for Phenomenology and Anthropology at the University of Cologne, Germany

Christopher Gutland is a Research Associate at the Husserl Archive and Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Freiburg, Germany

About the Series

Routledge Research in Phenomenology

Routledge Research in Phenomenology publishes volumes that relate phenomenological arguments and ideas to a broader range of current philosophical problems. It also offers more historically informed studies of themes and figures from the phenomenological tradition, with the aim to be a rich resource of new ideas and approaches that promise to enliven contemporary debates. Clearly written and rigorously argued, these books ensure accessibility to a broad philosophical audience and to theorists working in other disciplines.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology