On Becoming Aware

On Becoming Aware : A pragmatics of experiencing

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This book searches for the sources and means for a disciplined practical approach to exploring human experience. The spirit of this book is pragmatic and relies on a Husserlian phenomenology primarily understood as a method of exploring our experience. The authors do not aim at a neo-Kantian a priori `new theory' of experience but instead they describe a concrete activity: how we examine what we live through, how we become aware of our own mental life. The range of experiences of which we can become aware is vast: all the normal dimensions of human life (perception, motion, memory, imagination, speech, everyday social interactions), cognitive events that can be precisely defined as tasks in laboratory experiments (e.g., a protocol for visual attention), but also manifestations of mental life more fraught with meaning (dreaming, intense emotions, social tensions, altered states of consciousness). The central assertion in this work is that this immanent ability is habitually ignored or at best practiced unsystematically, that is to say, blindly. Exploring human experience amounts to developing and cultivating this basic ability through specific training. Only a hands-on, non-dogmatic approach can lead to progress, and that is what animates this book. (Series B)
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  • Paperback | 283 pages
  • 149.9 x 218.4 x 17.8mm | 476.28g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588112160
  • 9781588112163

Table of contents

1. Introduction: A guide for the perplexed; 2. Part I: The structural dynamics of becoming aware; 3. Chapter 1. The basic cycle; 4. Chapter 2. The structure of a session; 5. Chapter 3. Surrounding events: The specific temporal logic of training, motivation and postsession work; 6. Part II: The motivations for the study of experiencing; 7. Chapter 4. The point of view of the researcher; 8. Chapter 5. Concerning practice; 9. Chapter 6. The philosophical challenge; 10. Chapter 7. Wisdom traditions and the ways of reduction; 11. Open conclusion: The "finality" of the act of becoming aware and the stakes of our venture; 12. Postface; 13. References; 14. Glossary of terms; 15. Index
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