By Jean-Francois Lyotard
Translated by Brian Beakley
Foreword by Gayle L. Ormiston

Subjects: Phenomenology
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780791408063, 153 pages, October 1991
Hardcover : 9780791408056, 153 pages, November 1991

Table of contents

Foreword by Gayle L. Ormiston

Translator's Acknowledgments



Part I: Husserl

I. The Eidetic


1. Psychologistic Scepticism
2. Essences
3. Eidetic Science


II. The Transcendental


1. The Problematic of the Subject
2. The Reduction
3. The Pure Ego
4. Pure Ego, Psychological Ego, Kantian Subject
5. Intentionality


III. The "Lifeworld"


1. Transcendental Idealism and Its Contradictions
2. The Lifeworld


Notes on Husserl and Hegel

Part II: Phenomenology and the Human Sciences

IV. The Relation of Phenomenology to the Human Sciences

V. Phenomenology and Psychology


1. Introspection
2. Reflection
3. Intentionality and Behavior
4. Gestalt Psychology
5. The Problem of the Body
6. Phenomenology and Physiology
7. Phenomenology and Psychoanalysis


VI. Phenomenology and Sociology


1. Explanation
2. Understanding
3. The Orginary Social: Foundation of Understanding
4. Phenomenology and Sociology
5. Individual and Society: The Ethnological Problem


VII. Phenomenology and History


1. The Historical
2. Historicity
3. The Philosophy of History
4. Historical Science and Historicity
5. Phenomenology and Marxism:


A. The Third Way
B. The Meaning of History






This translation of Lyotard's first book, La Phenomenologie, supplies an important link to Lyotard's more recent works. Phenomenology presents a commentary on the phenomenological movement. From the dual perspectives of a work on, and of, phenomenology, Lyotard's text profiles the different aspects of phenomenology, focusing particularly on the writings of Hegel, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, and Tran Duc Thao. Phenomenology marks a particular episode in Lyotard's reflections on the "philosophical project" and is emblematic of his critical reflections on philosophy's involvements in routine, daily commitments. Like Merleau-Ponty, in this work Lyotard eliminates philosophy as a "separate existence. " Beyond offering an account of certain phenomenological themes, Lyotard's commentary explicates phenomenology's relevance to psychology, sociology, and history.

Jean Francois Lyotard is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the Universite de Paris VIII and Professor of French and Italian at the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of Discourse, Figure; Economie Libidinae; Driftworks; The Postmodern Condition; The Differend; Peregrinations; and with Jean-Loup Thebaud, Just Gaming. Brian Beakley is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Eastern Illinois University. Gayle L. Ormiston is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Kent State University. He is co-editor of The Hermeneutic Tradition: From Ast to Ricoeur, and Transforming the Hermeneutic Context: From Nietzsche to Nancy, both published by SUNY Press.