Philosophy 188

Spring 2013

Number Title Instructor Days/time Room
188 Phenomenology Dreyfus TuTh 11-12:30 220 Wheeler

As taught this semester, PHILOS 188 can count towards the 160-187 History requirement (not the 160-178 requirement.

With growing interest in the role of the body in perception, and in the related question of the possibility and nature of non-conceptual content, Merleau-Ponty’s classic work, Phenomenology of Perception, has become increasingly relevant. We will read Phenomenology of Perception in order to understand and evaluate Merleau-Ponty’s arguments against what he calls empiricism (a sort of behaviorism) and intellectualism (Cognitivism), as well as his positive account of what he calls motor intentionality – a kind of intentionality without conceptual content that, Merleau-Ponty argues, is the basic way human beings are embedded in the world.

Previously taught: SU09A, SU08D, SU07D, SP05.