International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Towards a formalism for expressing structures of consciousness

Eduard Marbach

pp. 57-81

The objective of developing a formalism in Phenomenology is threefold. First, a formalism should help the phenomenologist to put down in more precise and stable form what this or that means in his or her attempt reflectively to describe conscious experiences. Second, it should facilitate communication of phenomenological findings. Third, it should advance the elaboration of agreement procedures among researchers of consciousness using first-person methodologies. To enable intersubjective agreement concerning essentially subjective, first-person data would, in itself, seem to be a valuable goal for an investigation of consciousness within philosophical Phenomenology.1 Moreover, such agreement is no doubt requisite for successfully integrating phenomenological data within scientific studies of consciousness in the Cognitive Sciences.2

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DOI: 10.1007/978-90-481-2646-0_4

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Marbach, E. (2010)., Towards a formalism for expressing structures of consciousness, in S. Gallagher & D. Schmicking (eds.), Handbook of phenomenology and cognitive science, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 57-81.

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