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Single Idea 22208

[catalogued under 1. Philosophy / H. Continental Philosophy / 2. Phenomenology]

Full Idea

I use the 'phenomenological' epoché, which completely bars me from using any judgment that concerns spatio-temporal existence.

Gist of Idea

'Bracketing' means no judgements at all about spatio-temporal existence


Edmund Husserl (Ideas: intro to pure phenomenology [1913], II.1.032)

Book Reference

Husserl,Edmund: 'Ideas: general introduction to pure phenomenology', ed/tr. Boyce Gibson,W [Routledge 2012], p.59

A Reaction

This makes bracketing (or epoché) into a sort of voluntary idealism. Put like that, it is hard to see what benefits it could bring. I am, you will notice, a pretty thorough sceptic about the project of phenomenology. What has it taught us?

Related Ideas

Idea 22207 Epoché or 'bracketing' is refraining from judgement, even when some truths are certain [Husserl]

Idea 2209 Belief is stronger, clearer and steadier than imagination [Hume]