Goucher College 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue 
    Jul 20, 2024  
Goucher College 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue PLEASE NOTE: This is an archived catalog. Programs are subject to change each academic year.

PHL 220 - Phenomenology (4 Cr.)

(GCR Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies area)
What is Phenomenology? And why has Phenomenology been looked to by some to solve the problems of knowing, consciousness, mean-making, and social-political conflicts in the 20th and 21st Century? And reviled by others as a hopeless dream or a perversion of philosophy? Phenomenology is a method for doing a “presuppositionless description” of the moments when meaning arises in a conscious intention towards the world. Phenomenology is currently practiced by a wide range of researchers in politics, social science, cognitive scientist, psychologists, and therapists as a more holistic way of knowing than the detached the detached, objective methodology of the natural and social sciences. We will begin with the transcendental phenomenology of Edmund Husserl and then turn to the existential phenomenologies of Jean-Paul Sartre and Martin Heidegger. We will conclude with the phenomenology of the lived body in Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Prerequisite: Either sophomore standing, one philosophy course, or permission of the instructor.