Volume 16 · Number 3 · Pages 310–312
Pre-reflective and Social: What Phenomenology Can Teach Us About the Underlying Structure of Perceptual Presence

Oren Bader

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Open peer commentary on the article “Phenomenological Properties of Perceptual Presence: A Constructivist Grounded Theory Approach” by Aleš Oblak, Asena Boyadzhieva & Jure Bon. Abstract: Oblak et al. portray perceptual presence (PP) as an individually driven reflective operation. I question their account and suggest that PP involves a socially induced pre-reflective awareness of the lived environment. Within this primary framework, the wholeness of things is available to the subject, and deeper examination of perceived objects (if needed) comes to the fore.


Bader O. (2021) Pre-reflective and social: What phenomenology can teach us about the underlying structure of perceptual presence. Constructivist Foundations 16(3): 310–312. https://constructivist.info/16/3/310

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