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The phaneron (Greek φανερός [phaneros] "visible, manifest"[1][2]) is the subject matter of phenomenology, or of what Charles Sanders Peirce later called phaneroscopy.[3]

Origin of the term[edit]

Peirce: "By the phaneron I mean the collective total of all that is in any way or in any sense present to the mind, quite regardless of whether it corresponds to any real thing or not. If you ask present when, and to whose mind, I reply that I leave these questions unanswered, never having entertained a doubt that those features of the phaneron that I have found in my mind are present at all times and to all minds. So far as I have developed this science of phaneroscopy, it is occupied with the formal elements of the phaneron." [4]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Greek Word Study Tool: φανερός".
  2. ^ Note that φανερόν is the neuter nominative form (see e.g. Wiktionary: φανερός)
  3. ^ Gary Fuhrman. "Charles S. Peirce's Phaneroscopy and Phenomenology".
  4. ^ Adirondack Lectures, 1905; in Collected Papers of Charles Sanders Peirce, vol. 1 (eds. Charles Hartshorne and Paul Weiss; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1931), paragraph 284

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