Master of Arts (MA)
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Phenomenology and cognitive science present two very different ways of looking at mental activity. Recently, however, there have been some attempts to incorporate phenomenological insights and methods into cognitive science, drawing especially on the works of Martin Heidegger. The purpose of this thesis is to determine if a useful combination of cognitive science with Heidegger’s phenomenology is possible, and to determine the form such a combination might take. This thesis begins with a brief overview of the field of cognitive science, and of some of the problems within the field that might benefit from a phenomenological analysis. It then reviews Winograd and Flores’ attempt to rethink cognitive science in Heideggerean terms. Next, Heidegger’s work is analyzed in order to see how scientific experimentation is viewed in his phenomenology. Finally, this thesis argues that any useful attempt at reconciling cognitive science and phenomenology must start from a phenomenological, rather than a scientific, standpoint.
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Hollingsworth, Charles Dale, "Martin Heidegger's phenomenology and the science of mind" (2005). LSU Master's Theses. 2713.