Siddhartha, Husserl, and Neurophenomenology
Abstract:The phenomenological investigations of Siddhartha Gautama and Edmund Husserl arrive at the exact same conclusion concerning a fundamental and invariant structure of consciousness. Namely, that object-directed consciousness has a transcendental correlational intentional structure, and that this is fundamental -- in the sense of basic and necessary--to all object-directed experiences. This example of converging lines of evidence strongly suggests that phenomenology can indeed produce truths about consciousness, and thus that phenomenology has a rightful place in a science of consciousness. However, Siddhartha challenges cognitive science's mainstream presuppositions concerning what the purpose of phenomenology is and what it means to study and understand consciousness.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of Psychology, Neuro-Cognitive Psychology, Ludwig- Maximilians-Universität München, Leopoldstr. 13, 80802, Munich, Germany, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2013-01-01