PHIL 180 -- Phenomenology
Spring 2011

Instructor:    Clinton Tolley
   office:   HSS 8018
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   phone:  2-2686
   email:   ctolley [at]

Teaching Assistant:   {to be determined}
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Time:        Tuesday / Thursday, 3:30pm-4:50pm
Location:  Sequoyah Hall [SEQUO] 148 [map]

Required textbooks

{available at UCSD Bookstore (Price Center)}

Heidegger, Being and Time, trs. Macquarrie and Robinson (Harper)
Merleau-Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception, tr. Smith (Routledge)

additional required readings to be made available electronically on WebCT :

Brentano, Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint [selections]
Husserl, Ideas pertaining to a Pure Phenomenology [selections]
Husserl, Idea of Phenomenology
Heidegger, History of the Concept of Time [selections]

Recommended textbooks

Dermot Moran, Introduction to Phenomenology (Routledge, 2000) [google]

Course description

It is hard to overestimate the extent of the influence of phenomenology upon 20th century American and European philosophy.  For this reason alone, phenomenology merits our attention.  Moreover, insofar as phenomenology itself is still very much alive and flourishing, it demands to be evaluated as a possibly still-viable philosophical point of view in its own right.

In this course, we will investigate phenomenology by tracing out some of the early highpoints its historical development, focusing on texts by
Franz BRENTANO (1838–1917), Edmund HUSSERL (1859–1938), and Martin HEIDEGGER (1889–1976), and Maurice MERLEAU-PONTY (1908–61).

Our goal will be to achieve a critical understanding of the method, findings, problems, and prospects of phenomenology, by working through some of the major texts of its key proponents.

Prerequisite: upper-division standing or consent of instructor.

: May be repeated for credit with change in content and approval of the instructor.

Course requirements

* TBD (probably three 1000-word essays, due 4th, 7th, and exam weeks)
* attendance

Schedule of readings

(more detailed version to be found on the syllabus on WebCT)
Brentano (wks 1-2)
Husserl (wks 2-3)
Heidegger (wks 4-7)
Merleau-Ponty (wks 7-10)

Reference links

Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries (requires sign-in)

Overview of the phenomenological movement
Franz Brentano
Edmund Husserl
Martin Heidegger
Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Overview of existentialism

Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entries

Overview of phenomenology
Franz Brentano
Edmund Husserl
Maurice Merleau-Ponty
Overview of existentialism

Course URL

last updated: February 9, 2011
maintained by: Clinton Tolley