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Disclosing the WorldOn the Phenomenology of Language$
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Andrew Inkpin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262033916

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262033916.001.0001

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Phenomenology and Beyond

Phenomenology and Beyond

(p.291) 10 Phenomenology and Beyond
Disclosing the World

Andrew Inkpin

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This chapter considers what kind of explanatory approach is best suited to complement a minimalist phenomenological conception of language. It argues that two more ambitious forms of phenomenology – Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology and Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology – both result in tension with the commitment to describe experience accurately, and that ‘4e’ cognitive science focusing on the embodied, embedded, enacted and extended nature of cognition is a better option. In support of this claim it considers the roles of ‘scaffolds’ and action-oriented representation in 4e cognitive science to highlight key commitments shared with a phenomenological conception of language. Finally, it argues that a minimalist phenomenology of language cannot simply be eliminated in favor of 4e cognitive science, as might be suspected, and that the two approaches should be thought of as complementary and mutually illuminating.

Keywords:   minimalist phenomenology, Husserl, transcendental phenomenology, Heidegger, hermeneutic phenomenology, phenomenology of language, 4e cognitive science, scaffolds, action-oriented representation

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