An Introduction to Phenomenology

Mengwen Zhu, Tommaso Pepe
November 25, 2021 16:00 ~ 17:30
Room 109, Building C, School of Humanities and Social Sciences

An Introduction to Phenomenology: a talk with Thomas Byrne, Sun Yat-sen University

In the recent literature, scholars have often used the term “Phenomenology” as a catchphrase for a host of different things. Sometimes phenomenology is taken to be a kind of an introspection or meditation, a jumping off point for empirical research, and worst of all, as the “how” of experience. In contrast, this talk has no other goal than to present phenomenology as it was originally described by the philosopher Edmund Husserl. In this discussion Prof. Byrne will outline what phenomenology is by examining three core tenets of the phenomenological method. First, looking at how the central of question of phenomenology: that of intentionality and the relationship between the experience of the object and the object experienced. Second, we will explore how phenomenology is conducted from the first-person point of view; each individual is personally called to conduct phenomenology, so that they can verify truths for themselves. Finally, showing that even though phenomenology is conducted from a first-person perspective, it is not interested in societal, cultural, or individual truths, but rather in the essences of the structures of experience. The talk not only serves as an introduction, but also as an invitation to engage in the communal ongoing project of phenomenology.
 

Organized by:

Tommaso Pepe

Tommaso Pepe

Tommaso Pepe is a literary scholar working on the intersections that cross literature, memory, trauma and intercultural dialogue.

Mengwen
 ZHU

Mengwen
 ZHU

I received my Ph.D. and M.A. in Chinese Literature from the University of Hong Kong and Fudan University, respectively.