Problems of the Value of Nature in Phenomenological Perspective or What to Do about Snakes in the Grass

  • Lester Embree
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 28)


The perspective of this essay is phenomenological, by which is intended the original mature Husserlian or constitutive and not the existential, hermeneutical, or realistic forms of phenomenology that have also arisen. There are two objectionable aspects to Husserlian phenomenology today. Firstly, the texts of Husserl and his closer followers are difficult to comprehend, even in translation, and this explains in part why so much that considers itself “phenomenological” is actually no more than the interpretation of phenomenological texts by methods that are not especially phenomenological. This is not even good hermeneutics, which is interpretation and critique, for it does not reach the phase of critique, which can be phenomenological. In this respect, then, phenomenology needs to get beyond mere scholarship and into attempts to verify, correct, and extend earlier descriptions.


Living Nature Phenomenological Perspective Objectionable Aspect Ecological Nature Poisonous Snake 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Lester Embree
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  1. 1.Flordia Atlantic UniversityUSA

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