A Genetic (Psychological) Phenomenology of Perception

A Genetic (Psychological) Phenomenology of Perception 117 A GENETIC (PSYCHOLOGICAL) PHENOMENOLOGY OF PERCEPTION RICHARD ROJCEWICZ, Point Park College and BRIAN LUTGENS, Duquesne University ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the concept of the "intentional arc" in Merleau-Ponty, who maintains that perception comes into play within, and is nourished by, an already established relation between the person and the world. That obscure relation, the intentional arc, is the "genesis" of perception, and this paper argues that in it resides the proper theme of a psychological phenomenology of perception. A study of the intentional arc shows that perception is not a passive, causal, impersonal process. On the contrary, perception is active in that it requires the perceiver's free consent to the solicitations stemming from the world; it is thus only motivated or beckoned, but not caused; and it rests on a personal foundation, which is to say that it depends on the entire psychological life of the perceiver. A subsequent paper will enrich and develop the implications of this thesis by taking up the phenomenology of hallucinations. Tant que la phenomenologie ne sera pas devenue ph6nom6- nologie g6n6tique, les retours offensifs de la pens6e causale et du naturalisme resteront justifies. - Merleau-Ponty La vie de la conscience-vie http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Phenomenological Psychology Brill

A Genetic (Psychological) Phenomenology of Perception

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Brill
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© 1996 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
0047-2662
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1569-1624
D.O.I.
10.1163/156916296X00078
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117 A GENETIC (PSYCHOLOGICAL) PHENOMENOLOGY OF PERCEPTION RICHARD ROJCEWICZ, Point Park College and BRIAN LUTGENS, Duquesne University ABSTRACT This paper focuses on the concept of the "intentional arc" in Merleau-Ponty, who maintains that perception comes into play within, and is nourished by, an already established relation between the person and the world. That obscure relation, the intentional arc, is the "genesis" of perception, and this paper argues that in it resides the proper theme of a psychological phenomenology of perception. A study of the intentional arc shows that perception is not a passive, causal, impersonal process. On the contrary, perception is active in that it requires the perceiver's free consent to the solicitations stemming from the world; it is thus only motivated or beckoned, but not caused; and it rests on a personal foundation, which is to say that it depends on the entire psychological life of the perceiver. A subsequent paper will enrich and develop the implications of this thesis by taking up the phenomenology of hallucinations. Tant que la phenomenologie ne sera pas devenue ph6nom6- nologie g6n6tique, les retours offensifs de la pens6e causale et du naturalisme resteront justifies. - Merleau-Ponty La vie de la conscience-vie

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Journal of Phenomenological PsychologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1996

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