Phenomenology Quotes

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Maurice Merleau-Ponty
“The body is our general medium for having a world.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

Gaston Bachelard
“A word is a bud attempting to become a twig. How can one not dream while writing? It is the pen which dreams. The blank page gives the right to dream.”
Gaston Bachelard

Juhani Pallasmaa
“The door handle is the handshake of the building.”
Juhani Pallasmaa, The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses

Jacques Derrida
“Contrary to what phenomenology—which is always phenomenology of perception—has tried to make us believe, contrary to what our desire cannot fail to be tempted into believing, the thing itself always escapes.”
Jacques Derrida

Gaston Bachelard
“We must listen to poets.”
Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
“The perception of other people and the intersubjective world is problematic only for adults. The child lives in a world which he unhesitatingly believes accessible to all around him. He has no awares of himself or of others as private subjectives, nor does he suspect that all of us, himself included, are limited to one certain point of view of the world. That is why he subjects neither his thoughts, in which he believes as they present themselves, to any sort of criticism. He has no knowledge of points of view. For him men are empty heads turned towards one single, self-evident world where everything takes place, even dreams, which are, he thinks, in his room, and even thinking, since it is not distinct from words.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

Edmund Husserl
“To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness.”
Edmund Husserl

Edmund Husserl
“First, anyone who seriously intends to become a philosopher
must "once in his life" withdraw into himself and attempt,
within himself, to overthrow and build anew all the sciences
that, up to then, he has been accepting. Philosophy wisdom
(sagesse) is the philosophizer's quite personal affair. It must
arise as His wisdom, as his self-acquired knowledge tending
toward universality, a knowledge for which he can answer from
the beginning, and at each step, by virtue of his own absolute
Edmund Husserl, Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
“The phenomenological world is not the bringing to explicit expression of a pre-existing being, but the laying down of being. Philosophy is not the reflection of a pre-existing truth, but, like art, the act of bringing truth into being.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception

Maurice Merleau-Ponty
“Language signifies when instead of copying thought it lets itself be taken apart and put together again by thought. Language bears the sense of thought as a footprint signifies the movement and effort of a body. The empirical use of already established language should be distinguished from its creative use. Empirical language can only be the result of creative language. Speech in the sense of empirical language - that is, the opportune recollection of a preestablished sign – is not speech in respect to an authentic language. It is, as Mallarmé said, the worn coin placed silently in my hand. True speech, on the contrary - speech which signifies, which finally renders "l'absente de tous bouquets" present and frees the sense captive in the thing - is only silence in respect to empirical usage, for it does not go so far as to become a common noun. Language is oblique and autonomous, and if it sometimes signifies a thought or a thing directly, that is only a secondary power derived from its inner life. Like the weaver, the writer works on the wrong side of his material. He has only to do with the language, and it is thus that he suddenly finds himself surrounded by sense.”
Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Signs

Donald Davidson
“There are three basic problems: how a mind can know the world of nature, how it is possible for one mind to know another, and how it is possible to know the contents of our own minds without resort to observation or evidence. It is a mistake, I shall urge, to suppose that these questions can be collapsed into two, or taken into isolation.”
Donald Davidson

Tarjei Vesaas
“His face was neither handsome nor anything else. It just was.”
Tarjei Vesaas, The Birds

James Baldwin
“Take no one’s word for anything, including mine - but trust your experience.”
James Baldwin, The Fire Next Time

Jeremy Bentham
“Bodies are real entities. Surfaces and lines are but fictitious entities. A surface without depth, a line without thickness, was never seen by any man; no; nor can any conception be seriously formed of its existence.”
Jeremy Bentham, The Panopticon Writings

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“Insofar as he makes use of his healthy senses, man himself is the best and most exact scientific instrument possible. The greatest misfortune of modern physics is that its experiments have been set apart from man, as it were, physics refuses to recognize nature in anything not shown by artificial instruments, and even uses this as a measure of its accomplishments.”

Eugene Taylor
“This is what is meant by the phenomenology of the science-making process: Self-observation always leads us to an existential point about the metaphysics of experience, and it is almost always a transforming moment. (p. 286)”
Eugene Taylor, Shadow Culture: Psychology and Spirituality in America

Edmund Husserl
“Zu den Sachen selbst!”
Edmund Husserl

“The relation to the other is not epistemological, but ethical, and the whole attempt to accomodate or account for the other within the confines of my experience already constitutes a breach of this fundamental ethical relation. The other is precisely that which cannot be the object of my experience in the sense of being completely manifest within it, and so cannot be construed as a phenomenon at all.”
David R. Cerbone

David Zindell
“The number two, he thought, was an ominous number. Two is a reflection or duplication of one, the most perfect of the natural numbers. Two is all echo and counterpoise; two is the beginning of multiplicity, the way the universal oneness differentiates itself and breaks apart into strings and quarks and photons, all the separate and component pieces of life. Two is a symbol of becoming as opposed to pure being...”
David Zindell, The Wild

Edmund Husserl
“Every experience has its own horizon; every experience
has its core of actual and determinate cognition, its own content of immediate determinations which give themselves;
but beyond this core of determinate quiddity, of the truly given as "itself here," it has its own horizon. This implies that every experience refers to the possibility
. . . of obtaining, little by little as experience
continues, new determinations of the same thing
. . . And this horizon in its indeterminateness is copresent
from the beginning as a realm (Spielraum) of possibilities, as the prescription of the path to a more
precise determination, in which only experience itself decides in favor of the determinate possibility it
realizes as opposed to others. [Edmund Husserl, Experience and Judgment, trans. James Spencer Churchill and Karl Ameriks (Evanston: Northwestern
University Press, 1973), p. 32.]”
Edmund Husserl, Experience and Judgment

“The cracked mind of the schizophrenic may let in light which does not enter intact minds of many sane people whose minds are closed.”
Ronald David Laing

Henry David Thoreau
“If you stand right fronting and face-to-face to a fact, you will see the sun glimmer on both its surfaces, as if it were a scimitar, and feel its sweet edge dividing you through the heart and marrow, and so you will happily conclude your mortal career.”
Henry Thoreau, Walden

Dmitry Dyatlov
“Alright I'll admit not all Americans are fucking stupid. I have respect for Carl Rogers, for example. Dude puts a lot of stock in Experience. Personal experience. And what has my experience been? Well. Russia was nice. I had two bicycles and girls liked me. What's not to like? Then they drag me here (Michigan). Make me work my ass off because parents are idiots and don't speak English. I don't get any pussy till 22. And now they say I still owe school loans? Honestly, I don't remember much of school. Seems like some kinda scam to me. What is to be concluded from this? Either my father is a piece of shit, or America is a shithole. Maybe both. Experience.”
Dmitry Dyatlov

Stanisław Lem
“Was thinking about consciousness possible? Yet could the process that took place in the ocean be regarded as thought? Is a mountain a very large rock? Is a planet a huge mountain?”
Stanisław Lem, Solaris

Joanna Moorhead
“Leonora [had an] instinctive conviction that the world needs to be seen as a layering of experiences and events.”
Joanna Moorhead, The Surreal Life of Leonora Carrington

“As Alfred North Whitehead would say, there are processes and events, not things and rules. And the mind is an event within a phenomenal process - nothing less and nothing more than that.”
Roger Weir

“All phenomena are subject to instantaneous transformation.”
Roger Weir

“It does not come from the fact that women are naturally more able to perceive dirty laundry or that men are blind to housework but from the fact that perception has a social dimension and is shaped by the gendered division of labor: women perceive dirty socks more because they are the ones in charge of doing laundry.”
Manon Garcia, We Are Not Born Submissive: How Patriarchy Shapes Women's Lives

Bernardo Kastrup
“When materialists like Daniel Dennett say that a person's experiences *are* the chains of neural firings in her brain *they are mistaking the {animal's} tracks for the {animal's} gait; the imprinted image for the phenomenon.*”
Bernardo Kastrup, Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to Life, the Universe and Everything

Bernardo Kastrup
“Our particular states of mind colour and frame the whole of our experiences. We live under the illusion that we all share the exact same world because *our language has evolved to pick out precisely the few aspects of our experiences that are common and shared, while ignoring those that are completely personal and idiosyncratic.*”
Bernardo Kastrup, Why Materialism Is Baloney: How True Skeptics Know There Is No Death and Fathom Answers to Life, the Universe and Everything

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