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Single Idea 6893

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 2. Phenomenology]

Full Idea

Phenomenology, in Husserl, is an attempt to describe our experience directly, as it is, separately from its origins and development, independently of the causal explanations that historians, sociologists or psychologists might give.

Gist of Idea

Phenomenology aims to describe experience directly, rather than by its origins or causes


report of Edmund Husserl (Logical Investigations [1900]) by Thomas Mautner - Penguin Dictionary of Philosophy p.421

Book Reference

Mautner,Thomas: 'Dictionary of Philosophy' [Penguin 1997], p.421

A Reaction

In this simple definition the concept sounds very like the modern popular use of the word 'deconstruction', though that is applied more commonly to cultural artifacts than to actual sense experience.