Philosophy of Mind: Consciousness
Spring 2002

Phenomenology Paper Topics (Due Friday, May 3.  2-3 pages typed.  Write concisely.)

Select ONE question from I, then answer II.

I.  Definitions and conceptual framework

1.  What is the difference between the “natural attitude” and “phenomenological attitude?”

2.  What is a “transcendental ego?”  How is it different from an “empirical ego?”

3.  In what way is a phenomenological “field of consciousness” NOT the same thing as psychology?

4.  In what way is phenomenological analyses “more basic” than natural scientific method?

II.  Relation to consciousness studies

Given what you said in I, explain briefly how the phenomenological approach differs from the natural scientific approaches to consciousness.

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