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Mutual enlightenment: recent phenomenology in cognitive science

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Abstract:

This article provides a critical review of recent work at the intersection of phenomenology and cognitive science. What is and what ought to be the relationship between these two approaches to the study of consciousness? This review explores problems involved with expressing subjective experience in an objective fashion, and issues involved in the use of principles of isomorphism to explain how brain and consciousness are interrelated. It suggests that strict lines cannot be drawn between third-person theory and phenomenological description, that the division of labour between phenomenology and cognitive science is not very strict, and that the best model for understanding the relation between these two approaches is one that emphasizes an externalist viewpoint.

Keywords: Dennett; Husserl; Marbach; cognitive science; externalism; heterophenomenology; isomorphism; phenomenology

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Department of Philosophy, Canisius College, Buffalo, NY 14208, USA.

Publication date: 1997-03-01

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