Publisher description for Naturalizing phenomenology : issues in contemporary phenomenology and cognitive science / edited by Jean Petitot ... [et al.].


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Counter This ambitious work aims to shed new light on the relations between Husserlian phenomenology and the present-day efforts toward a scientific theory of cognition - with its complex structure of disciplines, levels of explanation, and conflicting hypotheses. The contributors assess the extent to which the kind of phenomenological investigation Husserl initiated favours the construction of a scientific theory of cognition, particularly in contributing to specific contemporary theories either by complementing or by questioning them. What clearly emerges is that Husserlian phenomenology cannot become instrumental in developing cognitive science without undergoing a substantial transformation. Therefore, the central concern of this book is not only the progress of contemporary theories of cognition but also the reorientation of Husserlian phenomenology. It provides a collective reflection on the possibility of utilizing a naturalized Husserlian phenomenology to contribute to a scientific theory of cognition that fills the explanatory gap between the phenomenological mind and brain.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Phenomenology, Cognitive science