Dreyfus and Deleuze on l'habitude, coping, and trauma in skill acquisition

One of the more important and under-thematized philosophical disputes in contemporary European philosophy pertains to the significance that is given to the inter-related phenomena of habituality, skilful coping, and learning. This paper examines this dispute by focusing on the work of the Merleau-Ponty and Heidegger-inspired phenomenologist Hubert Dreyfus, and contrasting his analyses with those of Gilles Deleuze, particularly in Difference and Repetition. Both Deleuze and Dreyfus pay a lot of attention to learning and coping, while arriving at distinct conclusions about these phenomena with a quite different ethico-political force. By getting to the bottom of the former, my hope is to problematize aspects of the latter in both philosophers' work. In Deleuze's case, it will be argued that he adopts a problematic position on learning that is aptly termed 'empirico-romanticism'. While I will agree with the general thrust of Dreyfus' foregrounding of habit and skilful coping, even in the political realm, it will also be argued that there are some risks associated with his view, notably of devolving into a conservative communitarianism.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1080/09672550601003348
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,719
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Heterophenomenology: Heavy-Handed Sleight-of-Hand. [REVIEW]Hubert L. Dreyfus & Sean D. Kelly - 2007 - Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 6 (1-2):45-55.
Skilled Coping And Sport: Promises Of Phenomenology.Bryan Hogeveen - 2011 - Sport, Ethics and Philosophy 5 (3):245 - 255.
Coping Without Foundations: On Dreyfus's Use of Merleau-Ponty.J. C. Berendzen - 2010 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 18 (5):629-649.
What Myth?John Mcdowell - 2007 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 50 (4):338 – 351.
Doing Without Representation: Coping with Dreyfus.Jonathan Webber - 2002 - Philosophical Explorations 5 (1):82-88.
Heidegger la Wittgenstein or 'Coping' with Professor Dreyfus.Frederick A. Olafson - 1994 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 37 (1):45 – 64.
Added to PP index

Total downloads
95 ( #56,166 of 2,197,288 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #148,861 of 2,197,288 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature