WHY IS EXPERIMENTAL PHENOMENOLOGY IMPORTANT?
CNRS, Institute Jean Nicod, Paris, FR [philosophers of the cognitive sciences]
I’ve always worked on limit cases objects, that are interesting to phenomenology and the cognitive sciences because they test our basic cognitive forms.I’m now working on a very special object, “the ocean”, that has been neglected from phenomenology and the cognitive sciences for a long time, possibly because it is a background for what has always been a figure for human activity, i.e. the land. The challenge for me is to turn the the background into a figure and to understand what it is for the figure to become a background. Maybe it is too early to have experiments on that, but at least we can have a good phenomenology of this reversal, as a starting point.