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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Surely an anger experience can be later reflected on and seen to have had a understxnding character that it did not present at the time, or it may now be seen through a certain feeling of regret while in its earlier manifestation it adumbrated itself uderstanding differently.

Cerbone then moves on to discuss Dasein’s self-understanding and Heidegger’s diagnosis of how each of us finds ourselves in a particular concernful state of mind Befindlichkeithow the experience of the I involves a certain dissipation into the everyday, worldly ‘ das Man ‘ in a condition of captivation or seduction by the world which Heidegger calls ‘falling’ Verfallen.

Richard Schmitt understanidng – In Paul Edwards ed. In other words, Cerbone is deliberately abstaining from a more critical evaluation of these thinkers. Similarly, I worry that Cerbone somewhat too quickly sides with the Heideggerian victory over Husserlian phenomenology. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Husserl explicitly says ‘an Erlebnis does not adumbrate itself’ but he is quite clearly wrong about that.

Tony rated it really liked it Jun 19, It always struck me that emotions and other ‘immanent’ conscious experiences, Erlebnisse can present themselves in profiles, despite Husserl’s denial. Sign in to use this feature. AcumenJul 1, – Philosophy – pages. Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Politics Urban Studies U. Cerbone’s reading of Heidegger casts him as rejecting Husserl’s subjectivism, overcoming the mind-body dualism.

I agree with Cerbone that Sartre’s phenomenological analysis of the ego is a very interesting account of how the ego is experienced or more accurately is not directly experienced in everyday active contexts. Cerbone has Sartre saying that the transcendental ego is not directly experienced, but surely Husserl would not deny that.


Tmvilla rated it it was amazing Apr 03, A lot of phenomenology is really focused on the manner in which objectivity is constituted for subjectivity rather than simply an account of the subjective dimension of experience. The book also assesses critical responses to phenomenology by philosophers ranging from Derrida to Dennett as well as the continued significance of phenomenology for philosophy today. Heidegger is looking for a ‘phenomenology of everydayness’ which Cerbone claims is directly opposed to Husserl’s interest in pure phenomenology.

All this is neatly and deftly described by Cerbone. Charity Becker rated it it was amazing Feb 11, Aug 23, Kropotskin77 rated it it was amazing. From inside the book. Find it on Scholar. Why is Ethics First Philosophy?

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. My library Help Advanced Book Search. In fact, Husserl’s anti-naturalism stemmed from a transcendental insight that consciousness, which is ‘for the world’, couldn’t be fully explained in terms of the world itself.

The book traces phenomenology’s historical development, beginning with its founder, Edmund Husserl and his “pure” or “transcendental” phenomenology, and continuing with the later, “existential” phenomenology of Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. 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. In general, I was very pleased by Cerbone’s way of characterising the work of both Sartre and Merleau-Ponty.

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Such worries concern the accuracy or fidelity of descriptions of experience to the experience itself, although if pressed, such worries ultimately call into question the very idea of the experience itself. Paperbackpages.

Understanding Phenomenology

Cerbone correctly characterises Husserl’s own disappointed reaction to Heidegger’s Being and Time. Added to PP index Total downloads 1 1, of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 1of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Aaron rated it really liked it Feb 08, This is certainly accurate. I do not think we should easily accept at face value Heideggerian or Sartrean criticisms of Husserl without first attempting to ascertain precisely where Husserl himself stood on the central, thorny issues.


The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology. Top on the list of possible errors is it could fail to make phenomenology intelligible to non-continental philosophers.


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. The title of the book is so apt because at the end of it you can really say that you have understood phenomenology. In Cerbone’s words, Husserl regarded it as a kind of ‘puffed-up anthropology’, another ‘trendy’ contribution to life-philosophy.

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

Cerbone gives a good account of Husserl’s distinction between the way physical spatial objects appear in profiles and the manner in which our own conscious experiences themselves appear exactly as they are their esse is percipias Husserl says. History Law Linguistics Literature.

Heidegger, for all his methodological fussiness, seems oblivious to the need to clarify his own mode of approach to the phenomenon of everyday Dasein.

Phenomenological method: reflection, introspection, and skepticism – Oxford Handbooks

Cerbone does acknowledge that the description of everydayness in Being and Time Division One is largely carried out in the form of ‘third-person description’ Cerbone, p. A charming, succinct text but I’m on the other side of its project. The book also assesses critical responses