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2nd Edition

The Phenomenological Mind

ISBN 9780415610377
Published April 2, 2012 by Routledge
274 Pages

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Book Description

The Phenomenological Mind is the first book to properly introduce fundamental questions about the mind from the perspective of phenomenology. Key questions and topics covered include:

  • • what is phenomenology?
  • • naturalizing phenomenology and the cognitive sciences
  • • phenomenology and consciousness
  • • consciousness and self-consciousness
  • • time and consciousness
  • • intentionality
  • • the embodied mind
  • • action
  • • knowledge of other minds
  • • situated and extended minds
  • • phenomenology and personal identity.

This second edition includes a new preface, and revised and improved chapters. Also included are helpful features such as chapter summaries, guides to further reading, and a glossary, making The Phenomenological Mind an ideal introduction to key concepts in phenomenology, cognitive science and philosophy of mind.

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition  1. Introduction: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and Phenomenology  2. Methodology  3. Consciousness/Self-consciousness  4. Time  5. Intentionality  6. The Embodied Mind  7. Action  8. How we Know Others  9. Situated and Extended Minds  10. Self and Person.  Bibliography.  Index

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Shaun Gallagher holds the Lillian and Morrie Moss Chair of Excellence in Philosophy at the University of Memphis, USA. His secondary appointments include Research Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, and Honorary Professor of Philosophy at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of How the Body Shapes the Mind (2005), and editor of The Oxford Handbook of the Self (2011).

Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He is the author of Self-Awareness and Alterity (1999), Husserl’s Phenomenology (2003), and Subjectivity and Selfhood (2005).

They jointly edit the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.


A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title, 2012

'In the second edition of The Phenomenological Mind, Gallagher and Zahavi offer a robust, exemplary account of how the phenomenological tradition (as developed by Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and others) stands as an important resource for research in contemporary philosophy of mind and cognitive science. ...Skillfully integrating textual analysis, empirical data, and phenomenological narrative, the authors offer compelling arguments that rupture disciplinary boundaries while inviting future dialogue... Summing Up: Highly recommended.' - CHOICE

Praise for the first edition:

'Though Gallagher and Zahavi call their book an introduction, it is far more than an introduction. It is the most comprehensive work on what phenomenology has to say about cognition and consciousness and how it relates to the scientific study of cognition to date.' – Abstracta

'…upper level philosophy students, postgraduates, and anyone interested in a non-computational, non-reductive, scientifically informed view of the mind will find it, I am sure, extremely helpful and illuminating. … both phenomenologists and cognitive scientists can profit from this excellent and timely treatment.' - Mind

'Offering a fresh new approach, this clear and accessible book shows the relevance of phenomenology to contemporary investigations of the mind and brain. It will be useful for students and scholars alike in the cognitive sciences who wish to gain a better understanding of Phenomenology and its relevance to their research.' – Evan Thompson, University of Toronto, Canada

'This excellent and much-needed book offers the first comprehensive introduction to phenomenological philosophy of mind. Written by two internationally renowned contributors to this exciting and fast-growing interdisciplinary field, it will be an indispensable resource for students and researchers alike.' – Matthew Ratcliffe, Durham University, UK

'Co-authored by two of the most prominent and respected contributors to the field, this is an outstanding book, and a very welcome and much-needed addition to the literature.' – Daniel Hutto, University of Hertfordshire, UK

'This is an absolutely indispensable book for anyone interested in the contemporary study of the mind. It provides clear summaries of the leading theoretical positions and the required orientation for understanding current debates. It is a fresh, lively and highly accessible text that will engage students and bring them up to speed very quickly. In short, a superb and much needed book.' - Barry C. Smith, Institute of Philosophy, University of London, UK