10 Jan 2012

About this course

This is the home page for Philosophy 442/542, Phenomenology, last taught in the Spring semester of 2012 by Professor Ron McClamrock of the University at Albany Department of Philosophy. I expect to teach the course again in the Fall of 2014.

If you have questions about the site or the course, please e-mail me at ron at albany dot edu.

Course Description: This course examines the historical and conceptual development of phenomenology in the 20th century, starting with Husserl’s “presuppositionless and purely descriptive science of the structures of consciousness”, and including works by Sartre, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty. We’ll emphasize (a) the idea of a presuppositionless account of consciousness; (b) the motivations for and nature of the “existential turn”, and (c) connections between phenomenology and both analytic philosophy and scientific psychology.

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