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Book Review: Phenomenology: An Introduction by Kaufer & Chemero
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology (2016)
  • Rodger E. Broome, PhD
The book reviewed, Phenomenology: An Introduction, was written by Käufer
and Chemero to provide readers with a historical trajectory of what they
regard as “a loosely grouped philosophical tradition” (p. 1). The trajectory
they set out to present begins with Kant’s critique of the emerging scientific psychology
of Wundt to lay the foundations for their presentation of Husserl and
others. They close in the final chapter with an expose on how contemporary
cognitive science has drawn some ideas and concepts from phenomenological
thought to inform their empirical research projects (Käufer & Chemero, 2015).
The reader of this book should not expect it to be the same kind of introduction
as those others written by Sokolowski (1999), Moran (1999), to name a few,
that are quite accessible to one who is new to phenomenology and desirous
of stepping into the horizon of Continental thought. While this volume does
provide key concepts of phenomenology in association with the main philosophers
and other contemporary scholars that influenced phenomenology, it is
not a book that introduces one to phenomenology as a philosophy or basis
for human science research. Rather, the book leads the reader from the basics
of phenomenological thought toward phenomenologically inspired or influenced
contemporary cognitive science theories and research projects such as,
Radical Embodied Cognitive Science, Dynamical Systems Theory, Heideggerian
Cognitive Science, Enactivism, The Sensorimotor Approach, and The Future of
Scientific Phenomenology.
  • phenomenology,
  • cognitive,
  • science,
  • radical
Publication Date
Spring 2016
Citation Information
Rodger E. Broome. "Book Review: Phenomenology: An Introduction by Kaufer & Chemero" Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Vol. 47 Iss. 1 (2016) p. 96 - 103
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