Saying What We Mean

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Publication Date
November 2017
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Saying What We Mean

Implicit Precision and the Responsive Order
Selected Works by Eugene T. Gendlin, Edited by Edward S. Casey and Donata M. Schoeller; Foreword by Edward S. Casey

The first collection of Gendlin’s groundbreaking essays in philosophical psychology, Saying What We Mean casts familiar areas of human experience, such as language and feeling, in a radically different light. Instead of the familiar emphasis on the conceptually explicit in an era of scientism, Gendlin shows that the implicit also comprises a structure available for recognition and analysis.

?In the tradition of American pragmatism, Gendlin forges a new path that synthesizes contemporary evolutionary theory, cognitive psychology, and philosophical linguistics.
About the Author

EUGENE T. GENDLIN received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Chicago and taught there from 1964 to 1995. He has been honored four times by the American Psychological Association for his development of Experiential Psychotherapy. In 2008 he was awarded the Viktor Frankl prize by the city of Vienna and the Viktor Frankl Family Foundation. He is the author of a number of books, including Experiencing and the Creation of Meaning, Focusing, and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.

EDWARD S. CASEY is a distinguished professor of philosophy at Stony Brook University and the author of The World at a Glance, The Fate of Place: A Philosophical History, Getting Back into Place: Toward a Renewed Understanding of the Place-World, and Remembering: A Phenomenological Study.

DONATA M. SCHOELLER is a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and the author of Close Talking and Thinking Thinking.


"A collection of Gendlin’s more philosophically oriented essays is long overdue, and Casey and Schoeller have produced a well-organized selection, nicely structured to reflect both the fundamental features of his outlook and their development from the 1960s to the present."
—Robert C. Scharff, author of How History Matters to Philosophy: Reconsidering Philosophy’s Past after Positivism