January 22nd, 2015
Episode 427 of 517 episodes
Phenomenology is a style of philosophy developed by the German thinker Edmund Husserl in the first decades of the 20th century. Husserl's initial insights underwent a radical transformation in the work of Martin Heidegger, and played a key role in the development of French philosophy in the hands of writers like Emmanuel Levinas, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. Phenomenology has given its proponents a platform to critique the basic assumptions of past philosophy, and to talk about everything from the foundations of geometry to the difference between fear and anxiety. Melvyn Bragg is joined by Simon Glendinning, Professor of European Philosophy in the European Institute at the London School of Economics; Joanna Hodge, Professor of Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University and Stephen Mulhall, Professor of Philosophy and Tutor at New College at the University of Oxford.