Consequences of Phenomenology

Edited by Don Ihde

Subjects: Phenomenology
Paperback : 9780887061424, 222 pages, January 1986
Hardcover : 9780887061417, 222 pages, January 1986

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Table of contents


Introduction: Phenomenology in America (1964-1984)

Part I. Perceptual Polymorphy
1. A Phenomenology of Voice
2. Is There Always Perception?
3. Phenomenology, "Metaphor-Metaphysics" and the Text

Part II. Technics
4. Technics: From Progress to Ambiguity
5. Technology: Utopia and Dystopia
6. Technology and Cultural Variations

Part III. Critical Essays
7. Ortega y Gassett and Phenomenology
8. Variation and Boundary: A Problem in Ricouer's Phenomenology
9. Epilogue: Response to Rorty, or, Is Phenomenology Edifying?




Echoing Richard Rorty's earlier Consequences of Pragmatism, this collection begins with an essay on "Phenomenology in America: 1964-1984," and concludes with a "Response to Rorty, or Is Phenomenology Edifying?" In between, the differences in the philosophical habits and practice of Anglo-American and Euro-American philosophers are examined and a reformulated, non-foundational phenomenology is sketched as a new direction responsive to the current situation in American philosophy. Don Ihde considers perception, technics, and contemporary Continental thinkers such as Jacques Derrida, Hans Georg Gadamer, Michel Foucault, Ortega y Gassett, and Paul Ricoeur.

Don Ihde is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook as well as Dean of Humanities and Arts. He is the author of a number of books, including Listening and Voice, Experimental Phenomenology, Technics and Praxis, and Existential Technics.


"A noteworthy contribution to the American response to the phenomenological movement. Professor Ihde is one of the leading scholars in American phenomenology today. His approach to the issues under discussion in this work is always fresh and sometimes highly original. What he has to say about perception, metaphor, metaphysics, technics, and technology will be of interest both to the specialist and the general reader. " — Calvin O. Schrag

"Consequences of Phenomenology is exceedingly significant, not only for an adequate understanding of academic philosophy and the parochialism that has cramped the establishment for forty years, but because it helps us appreciate the ways in which phenomenology can undergird and further the interdisciplinary work which is now abroad in intellectual life. " — Bruce Wilshire