Cristian Martínez – Transcendentally slippery: the controversial role of transcendental phenomenology in the project of naturalization.

Transcendentally slippery: the controversial role of transcendental phenomenology in the project of naturalization – Cristian Martínez (Universidad Diego Portales)

Abstract

Among recent accounts of naturalizing phenomenology, Zahavi’s proposal has started analyzing different ways to shed light on the topic, and at the same time, has proposed a new interpretation of Husserlian phenomenology and the role of the transcendental in the possible relationships between phenomenology and empirical sciences. According to Zahavi, the project of integrating phenomenology in the context of empirical sciences has little to do with the transcendental dimension of phenomenology and that it is better to make advance through a less radical kind of phenomenology, namely, psychological phenomenology. In this talk, I want to analyze the internal tension in the naturalizing project: first, interpreting why the project of naturalization avoid the naturalization of the transcendental stance and, second, responding the question of what kind of phenomenology do we get if we abandon the transcendental dimension of phenomenology. At the end of this talk, I want to point out why the transcendental dimension of phenomenology could perform a more interesting role in the naturalization project