Volume 16 · Number 2 · Pages 159–161
On Becoming Metaphysical: A Relevant Challenge for Neurophenomenology?

Natalie Depraz

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Open peer commentary on the article “The Tangled Dialectic of Body and Consciousness: A Metaphysical Counterpart of Radical Neurophenomenology” by Michel Bitbol. Abstract: I question Bitbol’s challenge about proposing a metaphysical counterpart to neurophenomenology. For this I rely on Varela’s unambiguous critique of metaphysics and question the author’s own hybridized understanding of metaphysics, which contrasts with a smooth experiential phenomenological metaphysics. I finally ask about the absence of “explicitation” as a phenomenological concept and as an interview method and about its legitimate replacement by explanation even in the renewed suggested meaning.


Depraz N. (2021) On becoming metaphysical: A relevant challenge for neurophenomenology? Constructivist Foundations 16(2): 159–161. https://constructivist.info/16/2/159

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Natalie Depraz is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Rouen Normandy, France and a University Member at Husserl-Archives, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris. She is a Husserl scholar, was closely involved in collaborative research with Francisco Varela and Pierre Vermersch (1995–2001), and recently wrote books about attention (2014) and surprise (2018) in the framework of her ANR Research program on Surprise, Emotions and Depression. She proposed a refined view of neurophenomenology she calls cardiophenomenology, based on the concrete effectuation of the integrative methodology of co-generative constraints between micro-phenomenological descriptions and their cardio-physiological counterparts. ▸︎ Google︎ Scholar
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