Phenomenology as a Mystical Discipline
School of Consciousness and Transformation TSD 6818 3.00
The philosophical method known as phenomenology, founded by Edmund Husserl in the early 20th century, is associated with existential thinkers like Heidegger, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty. But phenomenology has a long and varied history, and its roots lie in the Romantic response to the "disenchantment of the world" brought about by the rise of the scientific method. In essence, phenomenology is an investigation into the structures and processes of consciousness. Its fundamental insight is that, rather than a passive mirror reflecting reality, consciousness is an active grasping of the world. Perception, Husserl argued, is intentional.