The Reading Circle is a practice of collective reading and commenting texts, or better, is a practice of collective thinking through reading and commenting texts. This practice was developed during two preparatory meetings at the University of the Arts Helsinki. In these meetings, a group of participants in the research cell Through Phenomena Themselves addressed different aspects of phenomenology to prepare their work in Venice.
The Reading Circle practice consist in few rules:
1. Someone in the group begins to read aloud the selected text and continues reading it as long as she decides. When she stops reading some else continue, and so on.
2. While someone is reading everyone else or even the reader herself can interrupt by saying “stop” in order to comment or ask questions. This can be the beginning of a conversation.
3. Everyone can interrupt the conversation or even prevent it to begin by saying “continue”. The reading will be resumed immediately.
4. While reading everyone can ask the reader to read slower (by saying “slower”), lauder (by saying “lauder”) or to repeat a sentence or a paragraph (by saying “repeat”).
This set of rules can be modified by practicing.
This was the selected bibliography for the preparatory meetings and the practice sessions at the Research Pavilion:
Bernet, Rudolf. “Phenomenological and Aesthetic Epoché: Painting the Invisible Things themselves”. In Dan Zahavi (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. 564-582.
Cerboner, David R.. “Phenomenological Method: Reflection, Introspection, and Skepticism”. In Dan Zahavi (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2012. 7-24.
Gallagher, Shaun and Zahavi, Dan (2008). The Phenomenological Mind. An Introduction to Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science. London: Routledge. 13-43.
Jacobs, Hanne. “Husserl, Heidegger and Merleau-Ponty on the World of Experience”. In Dan Zahavi (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018. 650-675.
Merleau-Ponty, Maurice (2012). Phenomenology of Perception. Abingdon: Routledge. Lxxi - Lxxxv.
Mertens, Karl. “Phenomenological Methodology”. In Dan Zahavi (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018. 469-491.
Moran, Dermot (2000). Introduction to phenomenology. Abingdon: Routledge. 124-163.
Moran, Dermot: “Intentionality, Lived Experience, Bodily Comportment, and the Horizon of the World”. In Dan Zahavi (ed.): The Oxford Handbook of the History of Phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 2018. 579-603.
Smith, Joel (2016). Experiencing Phenomenology. An Introduction. Abingdon: Routledge. 1-9 and 30-49.
van Manen, Max (2014). Phneomenology of Practice. Abingdon: Routledge. 15-71 and 215-391.
Zahavi, Dan (2003). Husserl’s Phenomenology. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press. 7-159.