Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 349-364

First online:

Closing the gap? Some questions for neurophenomenology

  • Tim BayneAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, Macquarie University

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In his 1996 paper “Neurophenomenology: A methodological remedy for the hard problem,” Francisco Varela called for a union of Husserlian phenomenology and cognitive science. Varela's call hasn't gone unanswered, and recent years have seen the development of a small but growing literature intent on exploring the interface between phenomenology and cognitive science. But despite these developments, there is still some obscurity about what exactly neurophenomenology is. What are neurophenomenologists trying to do, and how are they trying to do it? To what extent is neurophenomenology a distinctive and unified research programme? In this paper I attempt to shed some light on these questions.

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