Introduction to Phenomenology
By Dermot Moran
Routledge – 1999 – 592 pages
Introduction to Phenomenology is an outstanding and comprehensive guide to phenomenology. Dermot Moran lucidly examines the contributions of phenomenology's nine seminal thinkers: Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Arendt, Levinas, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida.
Written in a clear and engaging style, Introduction to Phenomenology charts the course of the phenomenological movement from its origins in Husserl to its transformation by Derrida. It describes the thought of Heidegger and Sartre, phenomonology's most famous thinkers, and introduces and assesses the distinctive use of phenomonology by some of its lesser known exponents, such as Levinas, Arendt and Gadamer. Throughout the book, the enormous influence of phenomenology on the course of twentieth-century philosophy is thoroughly explored.
This is an indispensible introduction for all unfamiliar with this much talked about but little understood school of thought. Technical terms are explained throughout and jargon is avoided. Introduction to Phenomenology will be of interest to all students seeking a reliable introduction to a key movement in European thought.
'An outstanding success. It provides an authoritative guide to the philosophical contributions not only of central figures such as Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty, but also to those of thinkers whose place in the movement is more marginal, such as Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hannah Arendt, Emmanuel Levinas and Jacques Derrida … Moran's tone throughout is objective and balanced, and he deftly handles touchy issues such as Heidegger's Nazism.' - David Bell, Times Literary Supplement
`Dermot Moran's new book does much to restore the sense of excitement and promise which followed the emergence of phenomenology … The book is richly illuminating in showing that phenomenology is deeply implicated in the changing circumstances of history … an excellent introduction to phenomenology, which in its constant struggle with basic philosophical questions is shown to be in a vibrant and healthy state. - Tony O'Connor, The Irish Times
‘This is an excellent book which can be warmly recommended not just to someone with a particular interest in phenomenology and its history but to anyone with a genuine interest in philosophy. It is impressively erudite but never dull.’ - Philosophical Quarterly
Excellent. - Journal of Consciousness Studies
'Moran's writing is consistently clear, and his work provides information useful to readers of various philosophical backgrounds interested in familiarizing themselves with phenomenology. Introduction to Phenomenology remains an extensive and worthy reference work.' - The Review of Metaphysics
Dermot Moran teaches Philosophy at the University College Dublin.