SWIF Philosophy of Mind updated: 16 April 2003. http://www.swif.uniba.it/lei/mind/topics/phenom.htm

Phenomenology and Cognitive Science

Eugenio Borrelli

University of Milano-Bicocca (Milan, Italy)


This page collects international resources on the intersection between phenomenology of Husserlian kind or origin and the new (neuro-)cognitive science, a non-reductionist science of cognition which takes consciousness seriously.

This bibliography has been inspired by the book " Petitot, J.-Varela, F.-Pachoud, B.- Roy J.M. (editors.), Naturalizing phenomenology. Issues in contemporary phenomenology and cognitive science, Standford University Press, Standford (California), 1999".

The page contains also some international Phenomenology Resources (archives, sites, institutes)

Bibliography Phenomenology Resources Journal




Elisabeth Baumgartner, Wilhelm Baumgartner, Bojan Borstner, Matjaz Potrc, John Shawe-Taylor and Elizabeth Valentine (Eds.), Handbook of Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, Röll Verlag, Germany, 1996.

Borrelli Eugenio (2000), "Mondo-della-vita e Sfondo", Rescogitans.

Borrelli Eugenio (2001), "L'intenzionalità della coscienza", Rescogitans

Borrelli Eugenio (2001), "Le implicazioni intenzionali nella fenomenologia di Husserl", Rescogitans

Braddock, Glenn, (2000), Naturalized Phenomenology: Online Sources

Braddock, Glenn, "Beyond Reflection in Naturalized Phenomenology"

Braddock, Glenn, "Perception and Judgment in Dennett and Merleau-Ponty"


Changeaux, Jean-Pierre - Ricoeur Paul (1998), La nature et la règle, Editions Odile Jacob (it. tr. La natura e la regola. Alla radice del pensiero, Raffaello Cortina Editore, Milano, 1999).


N. Depraz, F. J. Varela & P. Vermersch," The Gesture of Awareness - An account of its structural dynamics "(PDF format).

Dreyfus, Hubert, Department of Philosophy , University of California, Berkeley

Dreyfus, Hubert, L. (1998), "Merleau-Ponty's Critique of Mental Representation: The Relevance of Phenomenology to Scientific Explanation Intelligence Without Representation" Houston Studies in Cognitive Science.

Dreyfus, Hubert L. (1996), 'The current relevance of Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology of embodiment', The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 4, Special Issue: Existential Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, edited by Mark Wrathall and Sean Kelly.

Dreyfus, Hubert, L. ed. (1982), Husserl: Intentionality, and Cognitive Science, MIT Press, Bradford Books, Cambridge.


Walter J. Freeman Neurobiology Full Manuscript Archives -Walter J. Freeman is a professor in the graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley.

Freeman, W.J. (1991) "The Physiology of Perception" Scientific American n. 264, pp. 78-85 (it. tr. "La fisiologia della percezione", in Le Scienze Quaderni, n. 101, I misteri della mente, Aprile 1998, pp. 32-39)

Freeman W. J. (1999), How Brains make up their Minds, (it. trans. Come pensa il cervello, Einaudi, Torino, 2000).

Review: (Italian) Borrelli Eugenio (2000),"Come il cervello genera la coscienza", Rescogitans


Gallagher, Shaun (1997), "Mutual Enlightenment: Recent Phenomenology in Cognitive Science" Journal of Consciousness Studies 4, No. 3: 195-214.

Gallagher, Shaun (2002), Experimenting with introspection (Comment). Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6 (9): 374-375.

Gallagher, Shaun and Varela, Francisco (2001), "Redrawing the Map and Resetting the Time: Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences" in The Reach of Reflection: The Future of Phenomenology, ed. Steven Crowell, Lester Embree and Samuel J. Julian. Electronpress. Electronic Publication.


Hut, Piet.,(1999) "Exploring Actuality through Experiment and Experience", in Toward a Science of Consciousness III, eds. S.R. Hameroff, A.W. Kaszniak, and D.J. Chalmers (Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press), pp. 391-405. Postscript version.

Hut, Piet.,(1999) "The Role of the Subject in Science", in Proceedings of the State of the World Forum (1998)

Hut, Piet.,(1999) "Theory and Experiment in Philosophy", in Journal of Consciousness. Studies. 6, No. 2-3, pp. 241-244.

Hut, Piet (1998), "Husserl and James"

Hut, Piet.,(1997) "Confronting Reality". Paper presented at the 5th Japanese-American Phenomenology Conference, Sept. 1996, Sendai, Japan. Postscript version

Hut, Piet, (1996)"Structuring reality: the role of limits", in Boundaries and Barriers, eds. J. Casti and A. Karlqvist (Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley), pp. 148-187. PostScript version

Hut, P. & van Fraassen, B. (1997),"Elements of Reality: A Dialogue". J. of Consciousness. Studies, n. 4, pp. 167-180. Postscript version

Hut, P., Goodwin, B., & Kauffman, S.(1999) "Complexity and Functionality: A Search for the Where, the When, and the How". Proceedings of the International Conference on Complex Systems, Nashua, N.H., 21-26 Sept. 1997 (Oxford University Press). Postscript version.

Hut, P. & Shepard, R. (1996) "Turning `The Hard Problem' Upside Down & Sideways" J. of Consciousness. Studies. n. 3, pp. 313-329; reprinted in Explaining Consciousness , ed. J. Shear (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press), pp. 305-322. PostScript version


Kelly, Sean (2000),"Grasping at straws: motor intentionality and the cognitive science of skillful action", in Heidegger, Coping, and Cognitive Science: Essays in Honor of Hubert L. Dreyfus - Vol. II, Mark Wrathall and Jeff Malpas (eds.), (Cambridge: MIT Press, forthcoming in July 2000).

Kelly, Sean (2000), "Phenomenology, neural networks, and brain function," (with Donald Borrett and Han Kwan) in Philosophical Psychology, vol. 13, n. 2, June 2000.

Kelly, Sean D. and Wrathall, Mark.(University of California -Berkeley), Existential Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, Issue 4, Spring 1996.


Laughlin, Charles Phenomenological Antropology


MacLennan, Bruce. The Investigation of Consciousness Through Phenomenology and Neuroscience

McClamrock,R. (1994) Irriducibility and Subjectivity

McClamrock,R. (1995) Existential Cognition: Computational Minds in the World. University of Chicago Press, Chicago.

Marbach, Eduard,University of Bern (Switzerland).

Marbach, Eduard, Mental representation and Consciousness. Towards a Phenomenological Theory of Representation and Reference, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 1993.


Noë, Alva Online Papers

Núñez R., Freeman W. J. (1999) "Restoring to Cognition the Forgotten Primacy of Action, Intention and Emotion"(PDF format), Introduction to Special Issue on 'Reclaiming Cognition: The Primacy of Action, Intention and Emotion'. Journal of Consciousness Studies, Volume 6, Issue 11-12, November-December 1999.


Overgaard, Morten (2001) The Role of Phenomenological Reports in Experiments on Consciousness. Psycoloquy, 12 (029)



Peruzzi, Alberto (1988), Noema. Mente e Logica attraverso Husserl, Franco Angeli, Milano.

Petit, Jean-Luc.(1990) "Phénoménologie et sciences cognitives" Revue de l'Institut Catholique de Paris, 35 (July-September 1990) 113-134.

Petit, J-L. (1995). "L'Archeologie" de Husserl et les neurosciences. In "Sciences cognitives et phénoménologie", J. Petitot (ed). Archives de Philosophie 58: pp. 589-602.

Petit, J-L. (1997). Les Neurosciences et la philosophie de l'action. Preface de A. Berthoz Paris: Librairie philosophique J. Vrin.

Petit, J-L. (1999) "Le langage est-il dans le cerveau?" in Intellectica, 2, pp. 99-128.

Petit, J-L. (1999) "L'esprit-cerveau est-il idéaliste?" in Matiäre pensante, Etudes historiques sur les conceptions matérialistes en philosophie de l'esprit. J-N Missa Çd. Paris: Vrin - Ann. de l'Inst. de Philosophie de l'Univ. de Bruxelles, pp. 151-169.

Petit, J-L. (1999) "L'enracinement corporel de l'action" in L'analyse de la singularité de l'action. J-M Barbier, ed. (pp. 133-145). Paris: Presses Universitaires de France.

Petit, J-L. (1999) "Constitution by Movement: Husserl in light of recent neurobiological findings" in Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in contemporary phenomenology and cognitive science. J. Petitot, F. Varela, B. Pachoud, J-M Roy eds, Stanford: Stanford Univ. Press, pp. 220-244.

Jean Petitot's Home Page - Full Professor ("Directeur d'Etudes") at the Mathematical Center (CAMS) of the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences (EHESS), Paris, France.

Petitot, J.-Varela, F.-Pachoud, B.- Roy J.M. (editors.)Naturalizing phenomenology. Issues in contemporary phenomenology and cognitive science, Standford University Press, Standford (California), 1999.

Review: (Italian) Borrelli, Eugenio "Naturalizzare la fenomenologia"

Pilat, R. (2002) The Problem of 3D Vision in Phenomenology and Cognitive Science (PDF file, 135K). JTB journal, 2002.



Rota, Gian-Carlo - Died in 1999, Gian-Carlo Rota was Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Rota, Gian-Carlo, Indiscrete Thoughts , Birkäuser, 1997

Rota, Gian-Carlo, Pensieri Discreti, Garzanti, Milan, 1993

Randall, Allan F., Quantum Phenomenology - Allan Randal, Dept. of Philosophy, York University Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Sanders, John T., "An Ecological Approach to Cognitive Science" in The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, Issue 4, Spring 1996: Existential Phenomenology and Cognitive Science

Skarda, Cristine A (1989), "Understanding perception: Self-Organizing Neural Dynamics", in La Nuova Critica, Quaderno n. 9-10: La costruzione della Natura 3, 1989, pp. 49-60.

Skarda, C. A., e Freeman,W. J. (1987), "Brain makes chaos to make sense of the world", in The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10:161­95.

Smith, Barry, research papers - Barry Smith is a professor of philosophy and a member of the Center for Cognitive Science at SUNY, Buffalo.

Sutton, John (2000), Cognitive Science and philosophy Select bibliography


Thompson, Evan T. Home page - Department of Philosophy, York University, North York, Ontario, Canada

Thompson, Evan T.(editor), Between Ourselves. Second-Person Issues in the Study of Consciousness

Thompson, Evan T, Empathy and Consciousness (pdf format)



van Gelder, T.- Home page

van Gelder Research Publications - Tim van Gelder is an associate professor (Principal Fellow) in the Department of Philosophy, University of Melbourne.

van Gelder, Tim (1996-97), 'Wooden iron? Husserlian phenomenology meets cognitive science', The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, n. 4, 1996. Special Issue: Existential Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, edited by Mark Wrathall and Sean Kelly, np. Also forthcoming in Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, ed. J. Petitot, F. J. Varela, J.-M. Roy, and B. Pachoud (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1997).

Varela, Francisco J. - Francisco Varela is the Director of Research at Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) of Paris.

Varela, Francisco J. (1997), 'The Specious Present: A Neurophenomenology of Time Consciousness', in Naturalizing Phenomenology: Issues in Contemporary Phenomenology and Cognitive Science, ed. J. Petitot, F. J. Varela, J.-M. Roy, and B. Pachoud (Stanford: Stanford University Press). PDF Version

Varela, Francisco J. (1996), 'Neurophenomenology: A methodological remedy for the hard problem', Journal of Consciousness Studies, vol.3 , n. 4 , pp. 330-49; italian traslation: Neurofenomenologia. Una soluzione metodologica al problema difficile, Pluriverso (Milan), vol. 3, 1997, pp. 16-40

Varela, Francisco J., Thompson, Evan and Rosch, Eleanor (1991), The Embodied Mind: Cognitive Science and Human Experience ,Cambridge: MIT Press, (italian translation, La via di mezzo della conoscenza, Feltrinelli, Milano, 1991)

Le Cerveau N'est Pas un Ordinateur: On Ne Peut Comprendre la Cognition Si L'On S'Abstrait de Son Incarnation Interview with Francisco J. Varela by Hervé Kempf. La Recherche, No. 308, Avril 1998, pp. 109-112. by Hervé Kempf.

Varela, Francisco J. (1992), Un know-how per l'etica , Editori Laterza, Roma-Bari, (in italian).

Varela, Francisco J. (2000), Quattro pilastri per il futuro della scienza cognitiva, in Pluriverso, anno V n. 2, Aprile-Giugno 2000, pp. 6-15, Milan (in italian).

Varela, Francisco J. (2001), La coscienza nelle neuroscienze, italian Interview in Enciclopedia multimediale delle scienze filosofiche.

Varela, F. and Depraz, N. "At the source of time: Valance and the constitutional dynamics of affect", in : Ipseity  and Alterity, Arob@se: An electronic journal

Varela, Francisco and Shear, Jonathan (editors), The View from Within First person approaches to the study of consciousness, Imprint Academic, Exeter, UK,1999.

This book is also available free with a Volume 7 subscription to the Journal of Consciousness Studies

Velmans, Max , Department of Psychology Goldsmiths College, University of London.

Velmans, Max (1998), "Goodbye to reductionism", in S. Hameroff, A. Kaszniac, A.Scott (eds) Toward a Science of Consciousness: The Second Tucson Discussions and Debates, MIT Press, pp. 45-52 . (it. tr. "Addio al riduzionismo" in Rescogitans)



Frederick J. Wertz, Professor of Psychology, Fordham University , New York  

Wertz, Frederick J , Merleau-Ponty and the Cognitive Psychology of Perception in Donn Welton and Hugh J Silverman (eds.), Critical and Dialectical Phenomenology pp. 265-284, Albany SUNY Press, 1987  

Wertz, Frederick J.; "Cognitive Psychology: A Phenomenological Critique " , in Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology , n. 13 (Spring, 1993), pp. 2-24.


Dan Zahavi - Professor, ph.d., dr.phil., Director of Danish National Research Foundation: Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen


New Journal

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences


Phenomenology Resources

Edmund Husserl


Husserl Archives (Leuven, Belgium) 

Husserl-Archiv in Freiburg (Germany)

Husserl Archive at the New School for Social Research (U.S.A.)

Husserl-Archiv der Universitat zu Koln (Germany)

Simon Silverman Phenomenology Center at Duquesne University (U.S.A.)


The Husserl Page - includes :

- A Biography of Husserl (1859-1938)

- A Chronological Bibliography

- Secondary Sources

- Online Texts

- Husserl Archives

- Related Links

Husserl- Editions

Edmund Husserl (Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy). This page contains a great  biography, strategies for interpreting Husserl's Phenomenology, survey  of Hussel's major works.

The Husserl Circle Webpage

EHusserl.com - A page devoted to Phenomenology and its relationship to Art and Architecture.

Husserlian Phenomenology - From the introduction: "A huge alphabetical list of phenomenology related internet links & hard to find books...".

Husserl and the Analitic philosophy

The Husserl-Database: This   page is the result of the Japanese Project Team  collecting search results from the Husserliana texts.

Analecta Husserlana - Book Series on Phenomenology published under the auspices of The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning

Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

Philosophy and Phenomenological Research

Husserl, Edmund, Pure Phenomenology, Its Method and Its Field of Investigation. - Inaugural Lecture at Freiburg im Breisgau, 1917 - Trans. by Robert Welsh Jordan.

Husserl, Edmund, Phenomenology and the Crisis of European Man - From: Edmund Husserl, Phenomenology and the Crisis of Philosophy, Translated by Quentin Lauer.

Husserl, Edmund, The Way Into Phenomenological Transcendental Philosophy From Psychology, from The Crisis of European Sciences


Other Phenomenologists

Martin Heidegger

Martin Heidegger by Björn Christensson.

Heidegger in Rete by Davide Fasolo

Heidegger and Phenomenology

Heidegger en castellano by Horacio Potel

Maurice Merleau-Ponty


Maurice Merleau-Ponty. by Chrisopher Scott Wyatt.

Merleau-Ponty Circle Binghamton University

Les études merleau-pontiennes - Journal in French and Japanese.

Bergson et Merleau-Ponty


Ingarden's Bibliography by Francesco Coniglione

Karl Jasper Web Site - by the Austrian Karl Jaspers Society

Karl Jaspers A part of the Existential-Phenomenology page, which explores existential and phenomenological philosophy, psychology, and literature.

Hans Jonas

Emmanuel Levinas

Alexius Meinong

Eugen Fink

Eugen Fink Archiv

Pierre Boudieu

José Ortega y Gasset

Rudolf Otto

Jan Patocka Archive at IWM (Institute for Human Science, University of Vienna) - Part of IWM's project The Philosophical Work of Jan Patocka: Research and Publication , this archive provided the basis for the Geman language edition of Patocka's selected works, completed in 1992

Jean-Paul Sartre

Max Scheler - Web site by Manfred Frings

Alfred Schutz Page 

A comprehensive Bibliography of the Works of Alfred Schutz

Edith Stein Index - Available in English,   Italiano,  Español ,  Francais , Deutsch ,  Polski

Edith Stein -Life and Texts of Edith Stein. A Page of the Secular Carmelite Community of Teresa Benedicta of the Cross in Austin, Texas

Antonio Banfi (in italian)

Paul Ricoeur and the Hermeneutics of Suspicion: A Brief Overview and Critique



The Merleau-Ponty Circle, Binghamton University

The World Phenomenology Institute - World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research

The British Society for Phenomenology

UCL-SOFI - Centre d'Études Phénoménologiques

Sociedad Española de Fenomenologia

Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology

Romanian Society for Phenomenology

Círculo Latinoamericano de Fenomenología

Graduated College for Phenomenology Ruhr University at Bochum - Informations on conferences, lectures and different activities of the German Society for phenomenological Research

Gruppe Phaenomenologie: Available in German and English. Discussion and Information on Critical Discussion of Phenomenology

Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology (Australien)


SPEP (Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy)  


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