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Continental Philosophy Review

, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 111–121 | Cite as

Gendlin’s experiential phenomenology of “saying”

Eugene T. Gendlin: Saying what we mean: implicit precision and the responsive order. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 2017. 304. ISBN 978-08101-3623-6. $99.95 hardcover; ISBN 978-0-8101-3622-9. $34.95 paperback; ISBN 978-0-8101-3624-3. $34.95 e-book
  • Robert C. Scharff
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Eugene Gendlin (1926–2017) became famous as a pioneering psychologist who worked with Carl Rogers, founded the “Focusing” movement in psychotherapy, and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards from the American Psychological Association and other professional organizations.1 Yet he rightly insisted that he was, first of all, a philosopher.2 He taught in both fields at the University of Chicago for over 30 years, and his accounts of experiential phenomena—for example, embodiment, meaning-explication, concept formation, the relation between implicit and explicit sense—can be found in hundreds of essays, commentaries, and shorter pieces as well as seven books, only some of them addressed to a therapy audience. Gendlin goes out of his way to characterize his pioneering therapy work, Focusing, as a “manual that rests on a philosophy,” and it is this philosophy, however valuable to psychological practice, that makes him the thinker he is.3In rough analogy, trying to understand...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of New HampshireDurhamUSA

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