Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Guerilla Metaphysics… Critical of Phenomenology

HARMAN, G. (2007) Guerilla Metaphysics: Phenomenology and the Carpentry of Things. Open Court Publishing Company.

“When we speak of the relation within the heart of things as perceived, let’s refer to sensual relations, in keeping with the discoveries of the carnal phenomenologists. (…) Phenomenologists know that the intentional object can never become present in the flesh, but they also know that there is no purely given sense data free from the spectre of intentional objects. (…) The phenomenology of perception plays out only on this sensual level, making no claim to drive into physical reality itself – indeed, in its abhorrence of all naturalism it even tends to deny the very existence of a physical realm, and certainly holds it at arm’s length from philosophy.” (p#)

Harman is critical of phenomenology as the associated perception is never located in the physical external tangible world, but in a cognitively sensual internal personal world of interpretation and experiences. 

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