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Have reports of phenomenology's death been greatly exaggerated?

Bruce Ellis Benson

pp. 365-378


This concluding chapter is a response to the chapters by Tom Sparrow and Paul J. Ennis. On the one hand, Sparrow argues that phenomenology is too vague to count as a coherent movement. On the other hand, Ennis argues that phenomenology has been surpassed by recent scientific explanations. The conclusions of Sparrow and Ennis are remarkably similar: phenomenology is "over'. In response, Bruce Ellis Benson argues that phenomenology has flourished precisely because of its adaptability, which is why it will flourish in the future. Further, while scientific explanations of phenomena are no doubt helpful, they do not make other explanations superfluous. Benson provides reasons to think that phenomenology will be influential in the twenty-first century and thus reports of its death are premature.

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Simmons J Aaron, Hackett James Edward (2016) Phenomenology for the twenty-first century. New York, Palgrave Macmillan.

Pages: 365-378

DOI: 10.1057/978-1-137-55039-2_18

Full citation:

Ellis Benson Bruce (2016) „Have reports of phenomenology's death been greatly exaggerated?“, In: J.A. Simmons & J.E. Hackett (eds.), Phenomenology for the twenty-first century, New York, Palgrave Macmillan, 365–378.