‘Phenomenology’ and ‘communicology’ are related closely in the recent American (USA) history of ideas. Yet, the association usually has “communication” located in the guise of linguistics, expression, perception, or cognate views of aesthetics. This is largely the unintentional result of professional disciplinary lines in which the daily practice of Phenomenology as first philosophy tends to exclude in practice Phenomenology as a modality in the Human Sciences. It is within this context that my own research on semiotic phenomenology is an affirmative phenomenological hypothesis in the spirit of Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s philosophy. The hypothesis is that philosophy is phenomenology, and, that phenomenology is a rigorous human science in the mode of communicology — as it is in other disciplinary modes such as psychology and sociology. Indeed, the work of Merleau-Ponty stands as a paradigm case of this hypothesis. However, there is an earlier story to tell.
KeywordsSpeech Communication Doctoral Work Phenomenological Class Phenomenological Movement Sociological Phenomenology
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