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Meeting of Study Group Series“The Methodology and the Theory of the Science of Phenomenology”, 2nd Unit

Meeting of Study Group Series“The Methodology and the Theory of the Science of Phenomenology—Toward the Development of Intercultural Philosophy as Interdisciplinary Philosophical Research”, 2nd Unit

Since the establishment of the International Research Center for Philosophy (IRCP), phenomenology research has influenced the “Research on the Methodologies of World Philosophy Common to Eastern and Western Philosophy and Religion” of the 2nd Unit in various ways. Having reached its final year, the center held a methodology seminar series, entitled “The Methodology and the Theory of the Science of Phenomenology—Toward the Development of Intercultural Philosophy as Interdisciplinary Philosophical Research,” as a way to bring these groups together. This seminar series aimed to once again question the phenomenological methodology as well as to elucidate how it relates to practical issues and whether it can provide a methodological guideline for interdisciplinary philosophical research that is sought for today. Three seminars were held that were centered on the visiting researchers specializing in phenomenology and were based on each of their research interests. The list of presentations is as follows.

1st: YAMAGUCHI Ichiro (Visiting Professor at Toyo University, IRCP Visiting Researcher) “The Methodology of Neurophenomenology as Interdisciplinary Philosophy” (at Room 6319 of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, October 17, 2015)

2nd: MUTO Shinji (Tokyo Women's College of Physical Education, IRCP Visiting Researcher) “On Natural Intuition as a Methodology for Phenomenological Research,” INAGAKI Satoshi (Jichi Medical University, IRCP Visiting Researcher) “Clinical Experience and Phenomenlogy as Methods (1)” (at Meeting room of School of Literature of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, December 5, 2015)

3rd: TAKEUCHI Dai (Part-time Lecturer at Toyo University, IRCP Visiting Researcher) “The Phenomenology of the Magical Imagination” (at Meeting room of School of Literature of Building 6, Toyo University, Hakusan Campus, January 23, 2016)

The seminars addressed the importance of approaching the worlds that others had experienced at the actual site of interdisciplinary philosophical research progress and implementation, grounded in an awareness of how discrete sciences and phenomenology complementarily delimit each other through the phenomenological reduction. Moreover, the importance of the intuition of essences and its process of constitution of consciousness were discussed and the notions of magical consciousness and imagination were elucidated using the phenomenological method.

Intense discussions were held at every conference, and the importance of phenomenology, which holds the potential of and forms the basis for interdisciplinary philosophical research, was suggested.

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