International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Mediation-based phenomenology

neither subjective nor objective

Shigeru Taguchi

pp. 17-44


In this paper, I propose a possible reinterpretation of phenomenology using a newly defined concept of ‘mediation.’ First, I address the question: What are the ‘things themselves’ that are given as the result of the phenomenological epoché? I would answer that they are neither material objects nor merely subjective experiences, but rather specific occurrences of ‘mediations.’ Second, under the influence of the Japanese philosopher Hajime Tanabe, I will define ‘mediation’ as a non-separable occurrence of differentiating and connecting. Third, I shall claim that the concept of ‘phenomenon’ itself should be reinterpreted in terms of its character of mediation. Then, I will discuss central issues in phenomenology such as intentionality, time, and intersubjectivity in order to test the applicability of the proposed concept of mediation. To conclude, I shall summarize the potential of the idea that phenomenology can be reinterpreted using the concept of mediation.

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Stone Richard, Morisato Takeshi (2019). Mediation. Metodo 7 (2).

Pages: 17-44

Full citation:

Taguchi Shigeru (2019). Mediation-based phenomenology: neither subjective nor objective. Metodo 7 (2), pp. 17-44.