Phenomenology, Naturalism and Empirical Science

Phenomenology, Naturalism and Empirical Science : A Hybrid and Heretical Proposal

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In Phenomenology, Naturalism and Empirical Science, Jack Reynolds takes the controversial position that phenomenology and naturalism are compatible, and develops a hybrid account of phenomenology and empirical science. Though phenomenology and naturalism are typically understood as philosophically opposed to one another, Reynolds argues that this resistance is based on an understanding of transcendental phenomenology that is ultimately untenable and in need of updating. Phenomenology, as Reynolds reorients it, is compatible with liberal naturalism, as well as with weak forms of methodological naturalism. Chapters explore areas where scientific and phenomenological work overlap and sometimes conflict (time, body, thing, and others), contesting standard ways of understanding the relationship between phenomenological philosophy and empirical science. The book outlines the significance of the first-person perspective characteristic of phenomenology-both epistemically and ontologically-while according due respect to the relevant empirical sciences. This book makes a significant contribution to one of the central issues in phenomenology and argues for phenomenology's ongoing importance for the future of philosophy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138924385
  • 9781138924383

About Dr. Jack Reynolds

Jack Reynolds is Professor of Philosophy at Deakin University, Australia.show more

Table of contents

1. Phenomenology and Naturalism: A Hybrid and Heretical Proposal 2. Merleau-Ponty's Gordian Knot: Transcendental Phenomenology, Empirical Science and Naturalism 3 . The Paradoxes of Time 4 . The Paradoxes of Body 5. The Paradoxes of the Thing 6. The Paradoxes of Others: Intersubjectivity and Social Cognition 7. Conclusion: The Perdurance of Phenomenologyshow more