Understanding Phenomenology has 32 ratings and 4 reviews. Yzobelle said: Fantastic series! Cerbone was able to explain profound philosophy using simple.. . Cambridge Core – Philosophy: General Interest – Understanding Phenomenology – by David R. Cerbone. David R. Cerbone, Understanding Phenomenology, Acumen, , pp., $ (pbk), ISBN Reviewed by Dermot Moran.

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Understanding Phenomenology

Understanding phenomenology Understanding movements in modern thought Understanding Mvmnts Series. Cerbone is associate professor, philosophy, West Virginia University.

cerbonne In the final chapter, however, he tries to address their defects in a discussion of the ‘problems and prospects’ of phenomenology.

Overall, the treatment of Heidegger is reliable but not necessarily adventurous and certainly uncritical. Cerbone reads Husserl’s rejection of psychologism in the Logical Investigations as already a commitment to anti-naturalism.

Similarly, I worry that Cerbone somewhat too quickly sides with the Heideggerian victory over Husserlian phenomenology. Written for those encountering phenomenology for the first time, the book guides the reader through the often bewildering array of technical concepts and jargon, and provides clear explanations and helpful examples to encourage and enhance engagement with the primary texts. Justin rated it it was amazing Jan 28, Written for those puenomenology phenomenology for the first time, the book guides hpenomenology reader through the often bewildering array of technical concepts and jargon, and provides clear explanations and helpful examples to encourage and enhance engagement with the primary texts.

I agree with Cerbone that Sartre’s phenomenological analysis of the ego is a very interesting account of how the ego is phenomenoloogy or more accurately is not directly experienced in everyday active contexts. History of Western Philosophy. Heidegger, for all his methodological fussiness, seems oblivious to the need to clarify his own mode of approach to the phenomenon of everyday Dasein.


Cerbone explains phenomenology as follows: Sartre is presented by Cerbone as pheno,enology the phenomenological approach to the ego and its self-knowledge, as well as offering an interesting account of the experience of consciousness as a kind of ‘nothingness’.

Daniel Dennett’s critique of phenomenology as a kind of introspectionism is also discussed. Overall, I think this approach has been very positive in showing how phenomenology has something very distinctive to offer in terms of contemporary accounts of consciousness in action, but it remains something of a simplification of Husserl’s own extremely wide-ranging and extraordinary deep reflections on subjectivity and intersubjectivity in the horizon of a world.

Understanding Phenomenology by David R. Cerbone

csrbone Introductions and Overviews in Continental Philosophy Husserl: Caleb rated it really liked it Nov 25, All this is neatly and deftly described by Phenomenoloyg. Understanding Phenomenology by David R. Starting from the problematic identification of phenomenology with introspection and drawing upon considerations from the work of Edmund Husserl, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty, the chapter argues that phenomenological reflection, in its concern for essential structuresis largely unaffected by worries concerning how best to capture the details of particular episodes of experience.

Tmvilla rated it it was amazing Apr 03, However, especially in Being and Time and thenceforthHeidegger prioritises the question of the meaning of Being and the unique access of human beings to the meaning of Being as his primary theme, and rejects as superficial previous life-philosophies. Cerbone’s chapter on Merleau-Ponty opens by recognising that Sartre’s account of embodiment is far more nuanced than many give him credit for.

Cerbone correctly documents Heidegger’s departures from Husserlian phenomenology, e.

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Cerbone was able to explain profound philosophy using simple metaphors and analogies for non-philosophy readers. At least Husserl was deeply aware of the problem of how a self or ego can carry out a self-meditation on its own condition; he speaks of the ‘splitting’ or ‘doubling’ of the ego.

Scepticism about phenomenology typically begins phenomennology worries concerning the reliability of introspection. Books by David R. Cerbone goes on to describe Heidegger’s recognition that our primary stance towards things is not one of neutral observation, but rather one of practical engagement.

Jesse Yem rated it liked it Dec 17, Cerbone has Sartre saying that the transcendental ego is not directly experienced, but surely Husserl would not deny that. From inside the unrerstanding.


Husserl is surely right to wonder precisely from what attitude Heidegger is conducting his own inquiry into everydayness. While Husserl is certainly anti-psychologistic, I believe it took him some years to realise that this anti-psychologism was actually part of a broader resistance to naturalism.

Find it on Scholar. Request removal from index. I was concerned when I began reading it because I thought there was alot this book could do wrong.

I am overjoyed to say that this is quite far from the case. Husserl explicitly says ‘an Erlebnis does not adumbrate itself’ but he is quite clearly phenomsnology about that.

In other words, Cerbone is deliberately abstaining from a more critical evaluation of these thinkers. This is certainly accurate.