The Convergence of Thought: Phenomenology and Artificial Intelligence in Contemporary Discourse

It’s true. Today’s article was written by our favorite AI. But instead of asking it more questions about itself, we looked at the influence of AI on the topic of phenomenology.
The views offered by an AI are not really original. On the other hand, they are the collected views of humanity (since the AI is fed with knowledge from the Internet).
And maybe that’s why it’s interesting to think about how humanity itself thinks about the changes in phenomenology regarding AI.

The Convergence of Thought: Phenomenology and Artificial Intelligence in Contemporary Discourse

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Phenomenology and Artificial Intelligence

Phenomenology, a philosophical movement founded in the 20th century by Edmund Husserl, has always grappled with the experience of consciousness and the perception of the world. With the advent of technology, and particularly artificial intelligence (AI), the question arises as to how this discipline can contribute to the interpretation and understanding of this new reality.

Phenomenology emphasizes subjective experience and the meanings we assign to the world. In the context of AI, this raises interesting questions. Can an AI have a phenomenological experience? Can it assign or interpret meanings? Most would argue that this is not the case, as AI, no matter how advanced it may be, is still a product of human construction and programming. It can process data and recognize patterns, but it does not “experience” the world in the same way a human being does.

Postphenomenology and Technology

Postphenomenology, an evolution of phenomenology, offers a useful perspective on the relationship between humans and technology. It views technology not as a neutral tool, but as something that shapes and changes our perception of the world and our interaction with it. In the context of AI, this means that we should not only think about what AI can or cannot do, but also how its existence and use changes our experience of the world.

The Kyoto School and Artificial Intelligence

The Kyoto School, a philosophical movement in Japan, offers another, but complementary perspective. It emphasizes interpersonal connectedness and the importance of context, prompting us to think about the social and cultural impacts of AI. How does AI change our relationships with others? How does it influence our society and culture?


Phenomenology, postphenomenology, and the Kyoto School offer valuable insights into understanding AI. They remind us that technology cannot be viewed in isolation, but is always in relation to us and the world. They challenge us to think about the impacts of AI on our experience, our relationships, and our society. And they invite us to reflect not only on what AI is, but also on what it could be and what it should be.

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