Warning: Incoming blog post fueled by jetlag and sushi.
I find myself occasionally questioning the “philosophical” history of phenomenology and structuralism. By philosophical history, I mean determining which idea “comes first” and helps create the other in some thought experiment that hopefully simulates the complexity of our actual thought processes.
As an example, lets look at structuralism. Would a phenomenologist say that our ability to identify structures and relationships are a direct result of our lifeworlds and horizons? If so, does that make phenomenology the “first” thought?
However, structuralists don’t go down that easy. Might they say that phenomenologists lifeworlds are constructed through the relationships and structures embedded in media? Perhaps even language?
What do you think? I find this type of thought experiment helpful for testing the boundaries of new philosophies.