Killing the straw man: Dennett and phenomenology [Book Review]

Can phenomenology contribute to the burgeoning science of consciousness? Dennett’s reply would probably be that it very much depends upon the type of phenomenology in question. In my paper I discuss the relation between Dennett’s heterophenomenology and the type of classical philosophical phenomenology that one can find in Husserl, Scheler and Merleau-Ponty. I will in particular be looking at Dennett’s criticism of classical phenomenology. How vulnerable is it to Dennett’s criticism, and how much of a challenge does his own alternative constitute? I will argue that there are some rather marked differences between these two approaches to consciousness, but as I also hope to make clear, Dennett’s own account of where the differences are located is off target and ultimately based on a somewhat flawed conception of what classical phenomenology amounts to
Keywords phenomenology  introspection  first-person perspective  second-person perspective  intersubjectivity
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DOI 10.1007/s11097-006-9038-7
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Dan Zahavi (2007). Subjectivity and the First-Person Perspective. Southern Journal of Philosophy 45 (S1):66-84.

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