The phenomenological attitude as a way of experience and thinking

Year: 2012

Author: Quay, John

Type of paper: Abstract refereed


Phenomenological investigations involve a different standpoint to that usually engaged in scientific investigation. Husserl refers to this as the phenomenological attitude. However what this means in practice is often difficult to grasp. As Husserl's student, Heidegger also grappled with the phenomenological attitude. However he disagreed with Husserl's understanding of the character of this attitude. Crucial for Heidegger is the sense of the ontological difference which is crossed via the phenomenological reduction. For Heidegger, the phenomenological attitude provides access to ontology, in Heidegger's terms a fundamental ontology. In this presentation I shall explore Heidegger's understanding of the phenomenological attitude and its relation to the natural attitude.