1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Mindfulness

Edited By Susi Ferrarello, Christos Hadjioannou Copyright 2024
    542 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of Phenomenology of Mindfulness brings together two schools of thought and practice that – despite rarely being examined jointly – provide an incredibly fruitful way for exploring thinking, the mind, and the nature and practice of mindfulness.

    Applying the concepts and methods of phenomenology, an international team of contributors explore mindfulness from a variety of different viewpoints and traditions. The handbook’s 35 chapters are divided into seven clear parts:

    • Mindfulness in the Western Traditions
    • Mindfulness in the Eastern Traditions
    • Mindfulness, Ethics, and Well-Being
    • Mindfulness, Time, and Attention
    • Mindfulness and Embodiment
    • Applications: Mindfulness in Life
    • Conclusion: Mindfulness and Phenomenology?

    Within these sections, a rich array of topics and themes are explored, ranging from Stoicism and the origins of mindfulness in Buddhism and eastern thought to meditation, self-awareness, the body and embodiment, and critiques of mindfulness. Additionally, the book delves into the ways the ideas of leading phenomenological thinkers, including Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas, and other leading thinkers, such as Irigaray, can contribute to understanding the relationship between phenomenology and mindfulness.

    A valuable resource for those researching phenomenology and applications of phenomenology, this handbook will also be of great interest to students and practitioners of mindfulness in areas such as counseling and psychotherapy.

    Notes on Contributors


    Susi Ferrarello and Christos Hadjioannou

    PART I

    Mindfulness in the Western Traditions

    1 Pyrrhonian Epoché, Mindfulness, and Being-in-the-World

    Georgios Petropoulos

    2 Mindfulness as Motivation for Phenomenological Reduction

    Ming-Hon Chu

    3 A Levinassian Critique of Mindfulness

    Pierrick Simon

    4 Merleau-Ponty and Mindfulness

    Timothy Mooney

    5 Husserl and Mindfulness

    Susi Ferrarello

    6 Logoi of the Soul: Phenomenological Mindfulness in Plato’s Phaedrus

    Tanja Staehler

    7 Heideggerian and Stoic Mindfulness: Two Competing Models with Common Ground

    Christos Hadjioannou


    Mindfulness in the Eastern Traditions

    8 Radical Relationality: A Philosophical Approach to Mindfulness Inspired by Nishida Kitarō

    Francesca Greco

    9 Phenomenological Insights from Postural Yoga Practice

    Hayden Kee

    10 A Phenomenology of Mindfulness Practice in Sufism

    Marc Applebaum

    11 Deluded Mindfulness

    Jason Dockstader

    12 Deconstructing Mindfulness: Heidegger, Tanabe, and the Kyoto School

    Kurt C.M. Mertel and Samuel S. White


    Mindfulness, Ethics, and Well-Being

    13 Could Mindfulness Be Short on Meaning?

    Luce Irigaray

    14 Freeing Ourselves from Technology: Rethinking Mindfulness

    Lisa Foran

    15 ‘Let It Be’: Heidegger and Eckhart on Gelassenheit

    Dermot Moran

    16 Mindfulness as Open and Reflective Attention: A Phenomenological Perspective

    Diego D’Angelo

    17 Mindfulness As Ethical Practice: Lévinas’ Phenomenology and Engaging with the World

    Nikolaus-Palle Carey


    Mindfulness, Time and Attention

    18 Contrasting Emotions and Notions of Temporality in Mindfulness Practice and in Heidegger’s Phenomenology

    Evie Filea

    19 Varieties of Self-Consciousness in Mindfulness Meditation

    Odysseus Stone

    20 Husserl on Emotional Expectations and Emotional Dispositions Towards the Future: A Contribution to Mindfulness Debates on Present Moment Awareness and Emotional Regulation

    Celia Cabrera

    21 Being Mindful about Nothing

    Mahon O’Brien

    22 The Respiratory Context of Dukkha and Nirvana: The Buddha’s Mindful Phenomenology of Breathing

    Petri Berndtson

    PART V

    Mindfulness and Embodiment

    23 Between Phenomenology and Mindfulness: The Role of Presence in the Clinical and Therapeutic Context

    Anya Daly and Chris McCaw

    24 Heidegger’s Gelassenheit as Embodied Mindfulness

    Tomás Lally

    25 Parallel Lives of Buddha and Socrates: On Epochè as Transcendental Transformation

    Carlos Lobo

    26 Being Mindful of the Other

    Magnus Englander


    Applications: Mindfulness In Life

    27 Mindfulness and the Phenomenology of Aesthetics: Reappraising Dufrenne and Merleau-Ponty

    Colleen Fitzpatrick

    28 Mindfulness and Creativity: The Impact of Michel Henry and Otto Rank on Psychoanalysis

    Max Schaefer

    29 The Mindfulness of Sacrifice: Towards a “Phenomenology” of History

    Joseph Cohen

    30 Engaging with Life Mindfully

    Gerhard Thonhauser

    31 Meditation, Lucidity, and the Phenomenology of Daydreaming

    James Morley

    32 Thinking Being: The Educational Scope of a Fruitful Convergence Between Phenomenology and Mindfulness

    Eduardo Caianiello


    Conclusion: Mindfulness and Phenomenology?

    33 Phenomenology and Mindfulness-Awareness

    Natalie Depraz, Claire Petitmengin, and Michel Bitbol

    34 Mindless Obfuscation: A Reply to Depraz, Petitmengin, and Bitbol

    Odysseus Stone and Dan Zahavi

    35 Mindful Clarification: Why It Is Necessary to Reply

    Once Again to Stone and Zahavi 508

    Natalie Depraz, Claire Petitmengin, and Michel Bitbol


    Susi Ferrarello is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at California State University, East Bay, USA. Among her books is the recently published The Ethics of Love (Routledge, 2023). She is also a philosophical counselor and writes for Psychology Today.

    Christos Hadjioannou is Postdoctoral Researcher in Philosophy at the Department of Classics and Philosophy, University of Cyprus. He has edited volumes on Heidegger’s philosophy as well as on Irigaray’s philosophy. He is currently writing a monograph on Heidegger and the Stoics (forthcoming 2024).