Experimental Phenomenology, Second Edition


By Don Ihde

Subjects: Philosophy, Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9781438442860, 216 pages, February 2012
Hardcover : 9781438442853, 216 pages, February 2012

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Table of contents

List of Illustrations
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition

Part I. Experimental Phenomenology: An Introduction
1. Introduction: Doing Phenomenology
2. Indians and the Elephant: Phenomena and the Phenomenological Reductions
3. The Visual Field: First Phenomenological Excursus
4. Illusions and Multistable Phenomena: A Phenomenological Deconstruction
5. Variations upon Deconstruction: Possibilities and Topography
6. Expanded Variations and Phenomenological Reconstruction
7. Horizons: Adequacy and Invariance
8. Projection: Expanding Phenomenology
9. Interdisciplinary Phenomenology
Part II. Pragmatism and Postphenomenology
10. Pragmatism and Phenomenology
Part III. Material Multistabilities
11. Simulation and Embodiment
12. Multistability and Cyberspace
13. Variations on Camera Obscura

14. The Seventh Machine: Bow-under-Tension


Expanded new edition of the landmark book demonstrating the practice of phenomenology through visual illusions and ambiguous drawings


Since the initial publication of Experimental Phenomenology in 1977, Don Ihde's groundbreaking career has developed from his contributions to the philosophy of technology and technoscience to his own postphenomenology. This new and expanded edition of Experimental Phenomenology resituates the text in the succeeding currents of Ihde's work with a new preface and two new sections, one devoted to pragmatism and phenomenology and the other to technologies and material culture. Now, in the case of tools, instruments, and media, Ihde's active and experimental style of phenomenology is taken into cyberspace, science and media technologies, computer games, display screens, and more.

Don Ihde is Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University, State University of New York. He is the author of several books, including Postphenomenology and Technoscience: The Peking University Lectures and Listening and Voice: Phenomenologies of Sound, Second Edition, both also published by SUNY Press.


"…Don Ihde's book has the character of a primer for engaging phenomenology—for doing phenomenology as he emphasizes at the beginning of his book … For what it seeks to do, the book is provocative and engaging … the phenomenologist should read it and draw from it what she or he can. " — Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

"In a new preface Idhe reflects on the bulk of his work, identifying its impact on other disciplines. This helps strengthen the new chapters, which elaborate the contact between phenomenology and technologies of film, simulation, video games, science imaging, and bows … It can serve as a very clear way into phenomenology for those in other fields, and also as a move toward broadening the applications of phenomenological theory. " — CHOICE

Praise for the First Edition

"…the unencumbered style of the book and prolific use of concrete examples makes the content accessible both to the beginning student of philosophy and to the intelligent layman. " — Review of Metaphysics