Best Phenomenological Philosophy Books

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1. Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)

Author: by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Published at: Random House Trade Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 28, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0812979688

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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, Skin in the Game, and The Bed of Procrustes.

Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestselling author of The Black Swan and one of the foremost thinkers of our time, reveals how to thrive in an uncertain world. Just as human bones get stronger when subjected to stress and tension, and rumors or riots intensify when someone tries to repress them, many things in life benefit from stress, disorder, volatility, and turmoil.

What Taleb has identified and calls antifragile is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish. In The Black Swan, Taleb showed us that highly improbable and unpredictable events underlie almost everything about our world.

In Antifragile, Taleb stands uncertainty on its head, making it desirable, even necessary, and proposes that things be built in an antifragile manner. The antifragile is beyond the resilient or robust. The resilient resists shocks and stays the same; the antifragile gets better and better.

2. The Poetics of Space

Author: by Gaston Bachelard
Published at: Penguin Classics; Revised ed. edition (December 30, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0143107521

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A beloved multidisciplinary treatise comes to Penguin ClassicsSince its initial publication in 1958, The Poetics of Space has been a muse to philosophers, architects, writers, psychologists, critics, and readers alike. The rare work of irresistibly inviting philosophy, Bachelard’s seminal work brims with quiet revelations and stirring, mysterious imagery.

This lyrical journey takes as its premise the emergence of the poetic image and finds an ideal metaphor in the intimate spaces of our homes. Guiding us through a stream of meditations on poetry, art, and the blooming of consciousness itself, Bachelard examines the domestic places that shape and hold our dreams and memories.

Houses and rooms; cellars and attics; drawers, chests, and wardrobes; nests and shells; nooks and corners: No space is too vast or too small to be filled by our thoughts and our reveries. In Bachelard’s enchanting spaces, We are never real historians, but always near poets, and our emotion is perhaps nothing but an expression of a poetry that was lost.

3. Phenomenology of Spirit

Author: by G. W. F. Hegel
Published at: Oxford University Press; Revised ed. edition (January 1, 1977)
ISBN: 978-0198245971

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This brilliant study of the stages in the mind’s necessary progress from immediate sense-consciousness to the position of a scientific philosophy includes an introductory essay and a paragraph-by-paragraph analysis of the text to help the reader understand this most difficult and most influential of Hegel’s works.

4. Phenomenology of Perception

Author: by Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Published at: Routledge; 1st edition (June 10, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0415834339

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First published in 1945, Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s monumental Phnomnologie de la perception signalled the arrival of a major new philosophical and intellectual voice in post-war Europe. Breaking with the prevailing picture of existentialism and phenomenology at the time, it has become one of the landmark works of twentieth-century thought.

This new translation, the first for over fifty years, makes this classic work of philosophy available to a new generation of readers. Phenomenology of Perception stands in the great phenomenological tradition of Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre. Yet Merleau-Ponty’s contribution is decisive, as he brings this tradition and other philosophical predecessors, particularly Descartes and Kant, to confront a neglected dimension of our experience: the lived body and the phenomenal world.

Charting a bold course between the reductionism of science on the one hand and “intellectualism” on the other, Merleau-Ponty argues that we should regard the body not as a mere biological or physical unit, but as the body which structures one’s situation and experience within the world.

5. How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation: A Step-by-Step Guide (Qualitative Research Methods)

Author: by Katarzyna Peoples
Published at: SAGE Publications, Inc; First edition (March 10, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1544328362

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Conducting phenomenological research for dissertations can be an involved and challenging process, and writing it up is often the most challenging part. How to Write a Phenomenological Dissertation gives students practical, applied advice on how to structure and develop each chapter of the dissertation specifically for phenomenological research.

Phenomenology is about personal experience and personal experience varies from researcher to researcher. However, this variation is a big source of confusion for new researchers in the social, behavioral, or health sciences. This brief text is written in a simple, step-by-step fashion to account for this flexibility and variation while also providing structure necessary for a successful dissertation.

Broken up into chapters that follow each chapter of the dissertation, this text logically breaks down the various parts of phenomenological research, starting with ensuring phenomenology is the right method for your research, writing the literature review, going through methods and results sections to analysis and discussion.

6. Being and Time: A Revised Edition of the Stambaugh Translation (SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy)

Author: by Martin Heidegger
Published at: State University of New York Press; Revised edition (July 1, 2010)
ISBN: 978-1438432762

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A revised translation of Heidegger’s most important work. The publication in 1927 of Martin Heidegger’s magnum opus signaled an intellectual event of the first order and had an impact in fields far beyond that of philosophy proper. Being and Time has long been recognized as a landmark work of the twentieth century for its original analyses of the character of philosophic inquiry and the relation of the possibility of such inquiry to the human situation.

Still provocative and much disputed, Heidegger’s text has been taken as the inspiration for a variety of innovative movements in fields ranging from psychoanalysis, literary theory, and existentialism to ethics, hermeneutics, and theology. A work that disturbs the traditions of philosophizing that it inherits, Being and Time raises questions about the end of philosophy and the possibilities for thinking liberated from the presumptions of metaphysics.

The Stambaugh translation captures the vitality of the language and thinking animating Heidegger’s original text. It is also the most comprehensive edition insofar as it includes the marginal notes made by Heidegger in his own copy of Being and Time, and takes into account the many changes that he made in the final German edition of 1976.

7. Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others

Author: by Sara Ahmed
Published at: Duke University Press Books; First Edition (December 4, 2006)
ISBN: 978-0822339144

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In this groundbreaking work, Sara Ahmed demonstrates how queer studies can put phenomenology to productive use. Focusing on the orientation aspect of sexual orientation and the orient in orientalism, Ahmed examines what it means for bodies to be situated in space and time.

Bodies take shape as they move through the world directing themselves toward or away from objects and others. Being orientated means feeling at home, knowing where one stands, or having certain objects within reach. Orientations affect what is proximate to the body or what can be reached.

A queer phenomenology, Ahmed contends, reveals how social relations are arranged spatially, how queerness disrupts and reorders these relations by not following the accepted paths, and how a politics of disorientation puts other objects within reach, those that might, at first glance, seem awry.

Ahmed proposes that a queer phenomenology might investigate not only how the concept of orientation is informed by phenomenology but also the orientation of phenomenology itself. Thus she reflects on the significance of the objects that appearand those that do notas signs of orientation in classic phenomenological texts such as Husserl’s Ideas.

8. Totality and Infinity: An Essay on Exteriority (Philosophical Series)

Author: by Emmanuel Levinas

Published at: XanEdu Publishing, Inc.; 13262nd edition (December 1, 1969)
ISBN: 978-0820702452

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Our competitive, service-oriented societies are taking a toll on the late-modern individual. Rather than improving life, multitasking, “user-friendly” technology, and the culture of convenience are producing disorders that range from depression to attention deficit disorder to borderline personality disorder. Byung-Chul Han interprets the spreading malaise as an inability to manage negative experiences in an age characterized by excessive positivity and the universal availability of people and goods.

Stress and exhaustion are not just personal experiences, but social and historical phenomena as well. Denouncing a world in which every against-the-grain response can lead to further disempowerment, he draws on literature, philosophy, and the social and natural sciences to explore the stakes of sacrificing intermittent intellectual reflection for constant neural connection.

10. Hallucination Theory: How Hallucinations Govern Imaginations

Author: by Spencer Gold
Published at: The Reinforcement (May 18, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1952631009

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DRUGS AREN’T NEARLY AS HALLUCINOGENIC AS IDEAS. When an idea is hallucinogenic, it is not only believable, it is life-changing. Every idea, ranging from God, to anxiety, to self-consciousness, is a form of hallucinogenic stimuli capable of altering an individual’s entire experience of life.

By expanding your definition of hallucinations, you can develop the ability to see the invisible forces pulling everyone’s strings. In Hallucination Theory, Spencer Gold presents a philosophy that provides more than just the tools required to become aware of hallucinogenic stimuli he also supplies the techniques needed to frame and leverage hallucinogenic stimuli to your benefit.

The study of hallucinations is of the utmost importance, because hallucinogenic ideas govern imaginations and nations alike. In exploring the connection between hallucinations and mental governments, Gold has invented a model that defines how each individual’s subjective experience influences our shared culture.

11. Introduction to the Reading of Hegel: Lectures on the "Phenomenology of Spirit"

Author: by Alexandre Kojève
Published at: Cornell University Press; 1st edition (November 15, 1980)
ISBN: 978-0801492037

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“This collection of Kojeve’s thoughts about Hegel constitutes one of the few important philosophical books of the twentieth centurya book, knowledge of which is requisite to the full awareness of our situation and to the grasp of the most modern perspective on the eternal questions of philosophy.”Allan Bloom (from the Introduction)During the years 19331939, the Russian-born and German-educated Marxist political philosopher Alexandre Kojve (19021968) brilliantly explicatedthrough a series of lecturesthe philosophy of Hegel as it was developed in the Phenomenology of Spirit.

This collection of lecturesoriginally compiled by Raymond Queneau and edited for its English-language translation by Allan Bloomshows the intensity of Kojve’s study and thought and the depth of his insight into Hegel’s Phenomenology. More importantfor Kojve was above all a philosopher and not an ideologuethis profound and venturesome work on Hegel will expose the readers to the excitement of discovering a great mind in all its force and power.

12. Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology

Author: by Edmund Husserl
Published at: Martino Fine Books (August 23, 2017)
ISBN: 978-1684221424

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2017 Reprint of 1931 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. Widely regarded as the principal founder of phenomenology, one of the most important movements in twentieth century philosophy, Edmund Husserl’s Ideas is one of his most important works and a classic of twentieth century thought.

Husserl’s early thought conceived of phenomenology the general study of what appears to conscious experience in a relatively narrow way, mainly in relation to problems in logic and the theory of knowledge. The publication of Ideas in 1913 witnessed a significant and controversial widening of Husserl’s thought, changing the course of phenomenology decisively.

Husserl argued that phenomenology was the study of the very nature of what it is to think, “the science of the essence of consciousness” itself. Husserl’s arguments ignited a heated debate regarding the nature of consciousness and experience that has endured throughout the twentieth and continues in the present day.

13. High Weirdness: Drugs, Esoterica, and Visionary Experience in the Seventies (The MIT Press)

Author: by Erik Davis
Published at: The MIT Press (November 5, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1907222870

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An exploration of the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson. A study of the spiritual provocations to be found in the work of Philip K. Dick, Terence McKenna, and Robert Anton Wilson, High Weirdness charts the emergence of a new psychedelic spirituality that arose from the American counterculture of the 1970s.

These three authors changed the way millions of readers thought, dreamed, and experienced realitybut how did their writings reflect, as well as shape, the seismic cultural shifts taking place in America? In High Weirdness, Erik DavisAmerica’s leading scholar of high strangenessexamines the published and unpublished writings of these vital, iconoclastic thinkers, as well as their own life-changing mystical experiences.

Davis explores the complex lattice of the strange that flowed through America’s West Coast at a time of radical technological, political, and social upheaval to present a new theory of the weird as a viable mode for a renewed engagement with reality.

14. Searching for Stars on an Island in Maine

Author: by Alan Lightman
Published at: Vintage; Reprint edition (February 19, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0525432593

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As a physicist, Alan Lightman has always held a scientific view of the world. But one summer evening, while looking at the stars from a small boat at sea, Lightman was overcome by the overwhelming sensation that he was merging with something larger than himselfan eternal unity, something absolute and immaterial.

The result is an inspired, lyrical meditation from the acclaimed author of Einstein’s Dreams that explores these seemingly contradictory impulses. Lightman draws on sources ranging from Saint Augustine’s conception of absolute truth to Einstein’s theory of relativity, and gives us a profound inquiry into the human desire for truth and meaning, and a journey along the different paths of religion and science that become part of that quest.

This small but provocative book explores the tension between our yearning for certainty and permanence versus the modern scientific view that all things in the physical world are uncertain and impermanent.

15. A Spirit of Trust: A Reading of Hegel’s Phenomenology

Author: by Robert B. Brandom
Published at: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard University Press; Illustrated edition (May 1, 2019)
ISBN: 978-0674976818

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Forty years in the making, this long-awaited reinterpretation of Hegel’s The Phenomenology of Spirit is a landmark contribution to philosophy by one of the world’s best-known and most influential philosophers. In this much-anticipated work, Robert Brandom presents a completely new retelling of the romantic rationalist adventure of ideas that is Hegel’s classic The Phenomenology of Spirit.

Connecting analytic, continental, and historical traditions, Brandom shows how dominant modes of thought in contemporary philosophy are challenged by Hegel. A Spirit of Trust is about the massive historical shift in the life of humankind that constitutes the advent of modernity.

In his Critiques, Kant talks about the distinction between what things are in themselves and how they appear to us; Hegel sees Kant’s distinction as making explicit what separates the ancient and modern worlds. In the ancient world, normative statusesjudgments of what ought to bewere taken to state objective facts.

16. The Tree of Knowledge: The Biological Roots of Human Understanding

Author: by Humberto R. Maturana
Published at: Shambhala; Revised edition (March 31, 1992)
ISBN: 978-0877736424

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“Knowing how we know” is the subject of this book. Its authors present a new view of cognition that has important social and ethical implications, for, they assert, the only world we humans can have is the one we create together through the actions of our coexistence.

Written for a general audience as well as for students, scholars, and scientists and abundantly illustrated with examples from biology, linguistics, and new social and cultural phenomena, this revised edition includes a new afterword by Dr. Varela, in which he discusses the effect the book has had in the years since its first publication.