Introduction to Phenomenology is an outstanding and comprehensive guide to an important but often little-understood movement in European philosophy. Dermot Moran lucidly examines the contributions of phenomenology's nine-seminal thinkers: Brentano, Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Arendt, Levinas, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Derrida. The volume charts the course of the movement from its origins in Husserl to its transformation by Derrida, along the way describing the thought of Heidegger and Sartre, phenomenology's most famous thinkers, as well as the work of its lesser-known exponents. Clearly explaining technical terms and avoiding jargon, Introduction to Phenomenology is an indispensable introduction to the history and substance of this vital current in intellectual thought.
Dermot Moran teaches Philosophy at the University College Dublin.
"Moran's writing is consistently clear, and his work provides information useful to readers of various philosophical backgrounds interested in familiarizing themselves with phenomenology... "Introduction to Phenomenology remains an extensive and worthy reference work."-"Review of Metaphysics "This is an excellent book which can be warmly recommended not just to someone with a particular interest in phenomenology and its history but to anyone with a genuine interest in philosophy. It is impressively erudite but never dull."-" Philosophical Quarterly ..."a lively narrative that avoids the tedium of excessive argumentation and theoretical exposition."-"Choice, September 2000 "For years philosophers have been looking for a clear, engaging, accurate introduction to phenomenology to recommend to students and read themselves. This is the book."-Charles Guignon, University of Vermont ..."the most accessible, the most scholarly, and philosophically the most interesting account of the phenomenological movement yet written."-David Bell, University of Sheffield