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Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 4, Issue 2, pp 121–132 | Cite as

On the development of Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology of imagination and its use for interdisciplinary research

  • Julia Jansen
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Abstract

In this paper I trace Husserl’s transformation of his notion of phantasy from its strong leanings towards empiricism into a transcendental phenomenology of imagination. Rejecting the view that this account is only more incompatible with contemporary neuroscientific research, I instead claim that the transcendental suspension of naturalistic (or scientific) pretensions precisely enables cooperation between the two distinct realms of phenomenology and science. In particular, a transcendental account of phantasy can disclose the specific accomplishments of imagination without prematurely deciding upon a particular scientific paradigm for its experimental investigation; a decision that is best left to the sciences themselves.

Key words

imagination interdisciplinarity phantasy transcendental phenomenology 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity College CorkIreland

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