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Bracketed Reality

The following is a quote from the Wikipedia article on Husserl:

From the Ideen onward, Husserl concentrated on the ideal, essential structures of consciousness. The metaphysical problem of establishing the reality of what we perceive, as distinct from the perceiving subject, was of little interest to Husserl in spite of his being a transcendental idealist. Husserl proposed that the world of objects and ways in which we direct ourselves toward and perceive those objects is normally conceived of in what he called the “natural standpoint”, which is characterized by a belief that objects exist distinct from the perceiving subject and exhibit properties that we see as emanating from them. Husserl proposed a radical new phenomenological way of looking at objects by examining how we, in our many ways of being intentionally directed toward them, actually “constitute” them (to be distinguished from materially creating objects or objects merely being figments of the imagination); in the Phenomenological standpoint, the object ceases to be something simply “external” and ceases to be seen as providing indicators about what it is, and becomes a grouping of perceptual and functional aspects that imply one another under the idea of a particular object or “type”. The notion of objects as real is not expelled by phenomenology, but “bracketed” as a way in which we regard objects instead of a feature that inheres in an object’s essence founded in the relation between the object and the perceiver. In order to better understand the world of appearances and objects, phenomenology attempts to identify the invariant features of how objects are perceived and pushes attributions of reality into their role as an attribution about the things we perceive (or an assumption underlying how we perceive objects). The major dividing line in Husserl’s thought is the turn to transcendental idealism. read more

What is Phenomenology?

“Phenomenology, in Husserl’s conception, is primarily concerned with the systematic reflection on and study of the structures of consciousness and the phenomena that appear in acts of consciousness. This ontology can be clearly differentiated from the Cartesian method of analysis which sees the world as objects, sets of objects, and objects acting and reacting upon one another.”1)

* “For Edmund Husserl, phenomenology is “the reflective study of the essence of consciousness as experienced from the first-person point of view.”[9] Phenomenology takes the intuitive experience of phenomena (what presents itself to us in phenomenological reflexion) as its starting point and tries to extract from it the essential features of experiences and the essence of what we experience. When generalized to the essential features of any possible experience, this has been called “Transcendental Phenomenology”. Husserl’s view was based on aspects of the work of Franz Brentano and was developed further by philosophers such as Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Max Scheler, Edith Stein, Dietrich von Hildebrand and Emmanuel Levinas.’2 read more

  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phenomenology_(philosophy []
  2. ibid. []

Phenomenology, Dallas Willard, and Dwelling in the Word

I found a connection to Phenomenology and Dwelling in the Word through Dallas Willard and Ken Reynhout. I had lunch with Ken yesterday and I described Dwelling in the Word to him. He smiled, and, knowing Keifert’s basis in phenomenology, saw the connection immediately.

This morning I was reviewing my resources in Scrivener and was immediately drawn to Willard’s Chapter Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Phenomenology¬†from the book on phenomenology and counseling, (Paul Bloland, ed.) Willard provides a helpful overview of Husserl’s Phenomenology and then connects it to counseling. He says, read more