Phenomenology orients us toward people's sense experiences (rather than the world as given to us), and critical phenomenology arises from the fundamental acknowledgement that experience is not universal; rather some ways of feeling and perceiving are privileged while others are silenced or excluded.
Reflections from our reading
As was so beautifully articulated by Sarah Ahmed, critical phenomenology begins with an examination of one's orientation, their starting point, their here, the embodied point at which their world unfolds and begins to take shape. And I've kind of waffled back and forth as to how congruent this is with kind of the tenets of phenomenology. But, yeah, it just Ahmed's just really beautiful consideration of one's interaction with their here. [Erin, Dec 2020]
Particularly for my purposes [critical phenomenology] invites me to engage in the material practice of restructuring the world in order to kind of generate new and liberatory possibilities of meaningful experiences and existence. And hence, I see that there is a value in engaging with what I'm Ahmed writes and what critical phenomenology purports to be. [Santanu, Dec 2020]
McMahon gives a quote from Merleau Ponty: "reflection steps back in order to see transcendence spring forth. And it loosens the intentional threads that connect us to the world in order to make them appear. It alone is consciousness of the world because it reveals the world as strange and paradoxical." So I feel it's through --I feel this project makes me want to loosen those intentional threads. [Ariel, Dec 2020]