New words that I have to keep looking up for the meaning – but how on earth will I remember them?
Well I thought that I would post a few of them here because the act of recording what I find out, will be a memory aid
So here we go – starting with PHENOMENOLOGY
(I have difficulty saying the word!)
phe·nom·e·nol·o·gy
noun
1. A philosophy or method of inquiry based on the premise that reality consists of objects and events as they are perceived or understood in human consciousness and not of anything independent of human consciousness.
2. A movement based on this, originated about 1905 by Edmund Husserl.

So it’s about the appearances of things, or things as they appear in our experience, or the ways we experience things, and the meanings things have in our experience – so it’s very relevant indeed!
Heidegger, Sartre and Merleau Ponty are the key thinkers . It contributes to aesthetics and why art matters, it uncovers the meaning of art etc.
One of my tutors has suggested making a piece of art based on this research which has got me thinking…..

Thought was uppermost during the time of Plato and Descartes “I think therefore I am”. Merleau Ponty begins to readdress the balance with ’embodiment’ – we experience the world with our senses, through our bodies. He said “the world is around me, not in front of me”. It was a cross over from a more rational to a more feeling point of view.

Deconstruction – Derrida and Sassure – today’s usage is a critical dismantling of tradition and traditional modes of thought, deconstructors are not interested in providing a single, definitive interpretation of a text, rather they are concerned with breaking down traditional structures of language to allow for the free play of its elements; they seek to open up texts to limitless interpretations by freeing the texts from the traditional structures of language; well established as theory, but still controversial.

3 comments
  1. karen howse said:

    Hi Rosie, well done on your BA and amazing you are doing an MA now. Where are you doing it? in Plymouth? I’ve subscribed to your blog so we can chat about it. Funnily enough Phenomenology was one of the first new words I came across on my course at Falmouth too! ‘The Poetics of Space’ was one of the first books,
    good luck with it all,
    xKaren (howse)

  2. Hi Karen – thanks for following and glad you found me – I have had ‘Poetics of space’ for a few years -a great book for dipping into! I’m at Plymouth university doing contemporary art practice – feels like quite a leap from the BA and rather full on at the moment -hope to catch up with you soon

  3. karen howse said:

    Hi! you are more than capable of the MA. I found the same with mine, sounds like a different language at first. I think you have good tutors there, look forward to following the blog. We will catch up at some point I am sure. Enjoy!
    :-)karen

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