The Question of Expression: Toward a Phenomenological Rhetoric D.R. Koukal

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Published: October 1st 1999

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The Question of Expression: Toward a Phenomenological Rhetoric by D.R. Koukal
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Philosophy Dissertation AAT 9946603The project of phenomenology is the direct investigation of phenomena as consciously experienced, w/out recourse to theories about their causal explanation & as free as possible from unexamined preconceptionsMorePhilosophy Dissertation AAT 9946603The project of phenomenology is the direct investigation of phenomena as consciously experienced, w/out recourse to theories about their causal explanation & as free as possible from unexamined preconceptions & presuppositions.

The purpose of this investigation is intuit the things themselves, or the essential structures of experience. Husserl tells us that this is to be achieved thru a purely descriptive method, which in turn implies a means of communicating this pre-theoretical experience to others in such a way that others can see this experience for themselves. However, phenomenologys goal of a direct & pre-theoretical approach to experience begs the question of what it would mean to describe experience without reference to theory & other conceptual constructs.

Using a formal symbolic system in this endeavor would take the phenomenologist too far away from the lived world s/he seeks to describe. The use of an ordinary language suffused with unexamined preconceptions & presuppositions presents its own problems. I show that these difficulties were of great concern to Husserl, since he considered the communication of phenomenological insights as essential to the practice of phenomenology.

I argue that an adequate phenomenological expression communicates its insights by eliciting these insights in others. On these grounds, an appropriately phenomenological mode of expression would have to be evocative rather than descriptive in nature, & akin to a rhetoric. I support this contention by showing that there is a rhetorical impulse secreted within Husserls theory of meaning & phenomenology of language, which in turn informed the phenomenologies of Heidegger & Merleau-Ponty.

I further contend that phenomenologists must rediscover & embrace this rhetorical impulse in order to revive the practice of phenomenology, conceived of as speaking from & expressing a common lifeworld. I conclude by summarizing the essential elements of a phenomenological rhetoric.



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