The basic contention of Reflective Analysis is that phenomenology is most fundamentally an approach, rather than a set of texts or concepts: phenomenologizing involves modes of observation and analysis that we can learn to perform better. The author presents his own account step by step, using everyday examples and dealing not only with perceiving and thinking (leading themes for most phenomenologists), but also with valuing and willing. Many charts and diagrams are used to summarize key distinctions, and the book also includes exercises that help readers refine this approach for themselves.
The text was designed for college students, and there is a “Preface for Instructors” who wish to use the book in the classroom, but others will find this a friendly, helpful “first introduction” that they can study on their own. The work is suitable for students in all disciplines, not just philosophers, and will be especially welcome to any reader who appreciates learning by doing and prefers examples to footnotes.Lester Embree (New School, 1972) studied with Edward G.
Ballard, Dorion Cairns, and Aron Gurwitsch. He has taught at Northern Illinois University, Duquesne University, and, now, Florida Atlantic University, where he is currently the William F. Dietrich Eminent Scholar in Philosophy. From 1985 to 2005 he was president of the Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, Inc.
www.phenomenologycenter.org and he led the founding and early development of the Organization of Phenomenological Organizations www.o-p-o.net. He has translated works of Suzanne Bachelard and Paul Ricoeur- edited work of Cairns, Gurwitsch, and Alfred Schutz and also various collective volumes, the Encyclopedia of Phenomenology (Kluwer 1997) included- and authored a number of essays in and on constitutive phenomenology.
His deepest interest is in the theory of the cultural disciplines, the theory of American theoretical archaeology in particular.