Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences

, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp 349–364 | Cite as

Closing the gap? Some questions for neurophenomenology

  • Tim Bayne


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.

explanatory gap hard problem introspection neurophenomenology phenomenology 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Tim Bayne
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyMacquarie UniversityAustralia

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