Gurwitsch's Relevancy for Cognitive Science

  • Lester Embree

Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 52)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxvi
  2. Natalie Depraz
    Pages 45-57
  3. Robert Pilat
    Pages 95-109
  4. Jeff Yoshimi
    Pages 111-129
  5. Frédérique de Vignemont
    Pages 131-149
  6. David Woodruff Smith
    Pages 169-186
  7. Lester Embree
    Pages 205-219
  8. Michael Alan Schwartz, Osborne P. Wiggins Jr
    Pages 221-233
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-238

About this book


When I heard the rumor that the findings about the central nervous system obtained with new technology, such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron Emission Tomography (PET), were too subtle to correlate with the crude results of many decades of behavioristic psychology, and that some psychologists were now turning to descriptions of subjective phenomena in William James, Edmund Husserl, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty—and even in Buddhism—I asked myself, “Why not Aron Gurwitsch as well?” After all, my teacher regularly reflected on the types, basic concepts, and methods of psychology, worked with Adhémar Gelb and Kurt Goldstein in the institute investigating brain-injured veterans at Frankfurt in the 1920s, conspicuously employed Gestalt theory to revise central Husserlian doctrines, and taught Merleau-Ponty a thing or two. That the last book from his Nachlass had recently been published and that I had recently written an essay on his theory of 1 psychology no doubt helped crystallize this project for me. What is “cognitive science”? At one point in assembling this volume I polled the participants, asking whether they preferred “the cognitive sciences” or “cognitive science. ” Most who answered preferred the latter expression. There is still some vagueness here for me, but I do suspect that cognitive science is 2 another example of what I call a “multidiscipline. ” A multidiscipline includes participants who confront a set of issues that is best approached under more than one disciplinary perspective.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Lester Embree
    • 1
  1. 1.Florida Atlantic UniversityBoca RatonUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-2891-5
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4020-2892-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-9545
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