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The Fringe: A case study in explanatory phenomenology

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Abstract:

Commentary on ‘The View from Within’, edited by Francisco Varela and Jonathan Shear

[opening paragraph]: William James’ greatest achievement is, arguably, his analysis of the fringe -- or, as he sometimes called it, transitive experience. In trying to understand this vague, elusive, often peripheral aspect of consciousness, James broke new ground. But in so doing he also began to lay down the first stratum of a radically new methodology, one that intersects first- and third-person findings in such a way that each is able to interrogate the other, and so further our understanding of both.

Document Type: Review Article

Affiliations: Institute of Cognitive Studies, University of California, Berkeley CA, USA.

Publication date: January 1, 1999

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