Existentialist methodology and perspective: writing the first-person

Reynolds, Jack and Stokes, Patrick 2017, Existentialist methodology and perspective: writing the first-person. In Overgaard, Soren and D'Oro, Giuseppina (ed), Cambridge companion to philosophical methodology, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, Eng., pp.344-365.

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Title Existentialist methodology and perspective: writing the first-person
Author(s) Reynolds, JackORCID iD for Reynolds, Jack orcid.org/0000-0002-4725-0395
Stokes, PatrickORCID iD for Stokes, Patrick orcid.org/0000-0001-9574-6064
Title of book Cambridge companion to philosophical methodology
Editor(s) Overgaard, Soren
D'Oro, Giuseppina
Publication date 2017
Chapter number 16
Total chapters 20
Start page 344
End page 365
Total pages 22
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication Cambridge, Eng.
Keyword(s) philosophy
Summary Without proposing anything quite so grandiose as a return to existentialism, in this paper we aim to articulate and minimally defend certain core existentialist insights concerning the first-person perspective, the relationship between theory and practice, and the mode of philosophical presentation conducive to best making those points. We will do this by considering some of the central methodological objections that have been posed around the role of the first-person perspective and “lived experience” in the contemporary literature, before providing some neo-existentialist rejoinders. We will suggest that the dilemma that contemporary philosophy poses to existentialism, vis-à-vis methodology, is that it is: a) committed to lived experience as some sort of given that might be accessed either introspectively or retrospectively (with empirical science posing prima facie obstacles to the veridicality of each); and/or b) it advocates transformative experiences, and the power of philosophy in connection with such experiences, to radically revise our doxastic and inter-connected web of beliefs. In short, the charge is conservatism on the one hand, radicalism on the other. Each of these concerns will be addressed in turn, utilizing ideas from Kierkegaard (as the source for many existentialist themes, methodological concerns, and formal practices) and from the German and French twentieth century versions of existentialism
ISBN 1107121523
Language eng
Field of Research 220310 Phenomenology
220307 Hermeneutic and Critical Theory
Socio Economic Objective 970122 Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies
HERDC Research category B1 Book chapter
ERA Research output type B Book chapter
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