Lived Experience: an Introduction to Phenomenology

at Brooklyn Institute for Social Research

Course Details
$315 3 seats left
Start Date:

Thu, Oct 20, 6:30pm - Nov 10, 9:30pm Eastern Time (4 sessions)

Online Classroom
Class Level: All levels
Age Requirements: 21 and older
Average Class Size: 14
System Requirements:

You will need a reliable Internet connection as well as a computer or device with which you can access your virtual class. We recommend you arrive to class 5-10 minutes early to ensure you're able to set up your device and connection.

Class Delivery:

Classes will be held via Zoom.

Flexible Reschedule Policy: This provider has flexible, free rescheduling for any-in person workshop. Please see the cancellation policy for more details

What you'll learn in this lecture class:

What is phenomenology? Drawing on lived, first-person experience, phenomenology is the attempt to analyze and understand the very structures of human experience and consciousness. What are the elements of perception, and why do different people, different subjects, perceive things differently? What’s universal about consciousness? In what ways do individual identity, circumstance, history, language, and memory condition lived experience—and thus perception and our ability to express it? 

Phenomenology and phenomenological ways of understanding the world stand at the center of many contemporary scholarly inquiries, from philosophy to anthropology and far beyond. What can we learn through studying the foundations of phenomenological thought concerning objectivity, subjectivity, meaning, mind, and truth?

In this course, students will study phenomenology as a philosophical movement from its origins to the present day. We will aim for a critical understanding of the distinctive methodology, fundamental claims, problems and prospects of phenomenology by working through some key texts of its most influential proponents. After considering Franz Bretano’s and Edmund Husserl’s attack on “psychologism” (or, the reduction of consciousness and rationality to mere psychology), we’ll examine Husserl’s classic Logical Investigations, which gives definitive treatment to the phenomenological theory of “intentionality.” Next we’ll turn to Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s attempt to incorporate “embodiment” into the phenomenological tradition. 

Lastly, we’ll consider phenomenology’s influence on contemporary discussions in cognitive science on “motor intentionality,” and skilled behavior. Is the study of the experience of phenomena a philosophical or ultimately a scientific question? Indeed, what can a study of phenomenology tell us about the natures of philosophy and science and the boundary that divides them? How do we learn from lived experience?

Remote Learning

This course is available for "remote" learning and will be available to anyone with access to an internet device with a microphone (this includes most models of computers, tablets). Classes will take place with a "Live" instructor at the date/times listed below.

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Refund Policy

Upon request, we will refund the entire cost of a class up until 1 week before its start date. Students who withdraw after that point but before the first class are entitled to a 75% refund. After the first class: 50%. After the second: 25%. No refunds will be given after the third class.

Start Dates (1)
Start Date Time Teacher # Sessions Price
6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Michael Stevenson 4 $315
This course consists of multiple sessions, view schedule for sessions.
Thu, Oct 27 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Michael Stevenson
Thu, Nov 03 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Michael Stevenson
Thu, Nov 10 6:30pm - 9:30pm Eastern Time Michael Stevenson

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