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Regarding Philosophy

Presenting a collection of articles and links on philosophy, especially geared towards Theosophy. The focus will be predominantly on the philosophical school of phenomenology. [continued]


The Relevance of Phenomenology for Theosophy. By Govert Schuller. Article making the case that the insights and ideas as developed within the phenomenological movement will find fruitful application in Theosophy.

The Seven Theosophical Principles: An Initial Experiential Grounding in Reflective Experience. Small essay by Govert Schuller using some philosophical concepts to add an experiential dimension to the seven Theosophical principles.

"The Two Sophias or the Relationship of Theosophy and Philosophy" by J.J. Poortman from Philosophy, Theosophy, Parapsychology: Some Essays on Diverse Subjects

Phenomenology and Spirituality (2001) by Govert Schuller

Do It Yourself Phenomenology (n.d.) by Theodore Kisiel

Empirical method in the study of esotericism
By Wouter Hanegraaff. Making a case along phenomenological lines against both reductionists and religionists that the empirical method is metaphysically neutral by employing methodological agnosticism and acknowledging the historicity of religious phenomena.

"Heideggerian Thinking and the Eastern Mind" by Rolf von Eckartsberg and Ronald S. Valle, from: Metaphors of Consciousness

"A Plea for the Introduction of Edmund Husserl's Phenomenological method into Parapsychology" (1953) by Gerda Walther

Dr. Schuller and B. de Spinoza
Article by W. Meijer originally published in the Dutch literary magazine De Navorscher in 1897 about the identity of the doctor present at Spinoza's death.

Source Materials

Reader for "The Power of Existential Intuition" class containing a wealth of phenomenological hand-outs, quadrants, schematisms and papers.

"What is Phenomenology?" (1962) by Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Much lauded Preface to his Phenomenology of Perception

Phenomenology. By Edmund Husserl for the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1927). Condensed presentation of his transcendental phenomenology.

Pure Phenomenology: Its Method and Its Field of Investigation. Inaugural lecture by Edmund Husserl at Freiburg im Breisgau, 1917.

Introduction to The Basic Problems of Phenomenology (Bloomington, IN:Indiana University Press, 1975). By Martin Heidegger. "... dealing not with phenomenology but with what phenomenology itself deals with. ... The point is not to gain some knowledge about philosophy but to be able to philosophise."

Phenomenology. Encyclopedia article by David Woodruff Smith. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2003 Edition)

What is Phenomenology? Introductory article by Lester Embree. Covers basic themes and historical development.

Phenomenology of Religion. Article by A. Scott Moreau for the Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (revised edition; forthcoming 2000). Covers its reach and limits.

"Contemplative Thinking: The European and Asian Approaches of Heidegger and Krishnamurti" by Lex Hixon, chapter 1 from Coming Home: The Experience Of Enlightenment In Sacred Traditions


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Phenomenology and its relevance in certain academic disciplines and professional practices: An initial bibliography.
The reach of phenomenology into different non-philosophical domains has been steadily growing with, for now, no end in sight. This is a list of disciplines, which make extensive use of phenomenology in its self-understanding.


Logical Investigations by Edmund Husserl. Reviewed by Daniel Dahlstrom.

Gesamtausgabe. Collected Edition of Martin Heidegger's works. Review article by Thomas Sheehan for the New York Review of Books.

Husserl, Heidegger, and the Space of Meaning by Steven Galt Crowell. Review by Eric Sean Nelson. "Crowell ... argues that Heidegger’s approach transforms rather than destroys Husserl’s basic insights about meaning and intentionality."

Heidegger and Nazism by Victor Farias. Review article by Thomas Sheehan for the New York Review of Books. [pdf]

Heidegger and Asian Thought edited by Graham Parkes. Review by Taylor Carman.

Heidegger's Way of Thought by Theodore Kisiel. Review by Richard Polt. "If a deep engagement with Heidegger's work is sought, however, then this collection and [Kisiel's] The Genesis of Heidegger's Being and Time are essential reading." Iain MacKenzie.


The Husserl Page. "To provide easy access to those net resources pertaining to the life and work of the 20th century philosopher, Edmund Husserl."

Ereignis. Web site dedicated to Martin Heidegger.

Organization of Phenomenological Organizations. "... to foster communication and cooperation among phenomenologists around the globe." Web site offers a List of Phenomenological Organizations and a free subscription to the Newsletter of Phenomenology.

Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology. Lester Embree, co-founder and president. " ... advancing knowledge of and skill in phenomenology, in its many articulations, including phenomenological philosophy and phenomenological cultural disciplines."

The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. See entries for different phenomenologists.

Guide to Philosophy on the Internet. Collection of online philosophy resources by Peter Suber.




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