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Phenomenology 2005

Volume 5, Issue Part 2, 2007

Selected Essays from North America Part 2

Marilyn Nissim-Sabat
Pages 489-500
DOI: 10.7761/9789738863262_8

The Future of Psychiatry and the Naturalization of Phenomenology

This essay is a critique of the effort of cognitive scientists to naturalize phenomenology, in particular Husserlian phenomenology, in order to legitimate their investigation into conscious phenomena by integrating phenomenality, presumably in Husserl’s sense, with cognitive science. I show that this effort is misguided because it rests on profound misconstruals of the meaning of phenomenology. In conclusion, I show that Husserlian phenomenology cannot be naturalized because its inaugural act is the de-naturalization of the world.

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