Fifteen years ago, Dorion Cairns concluded an article on pheme logy with a cautious appraisal of its influence in America. Thus far, he wrote, it continues to be an exotic. The situation today has changed: translations of the writings of Husserl, Heidegger, Marcel, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty have appeared, and commentaries on these and related thinkers are t uncommon. Moreover, discussion of phemelogical problems is increasingly becoming part of the American (if t the British) philosophical scene. Phemelogy is in danger of domestication! Signs of its accommodation include a willingness to pay tribute to HusserI's Logical Investigations by those who find relatively little to interest them in his later work, a location of what are taken to be common themes and underlying convergences of emphasis in Continental phemelogy and Anglo-American philosophy of the more nearly Wittgensteinian and Austinian varieties, and a growing impatience (shared by some phemelogists) with expositions, explications, and interpretations of Husserl's work at the expense of original applications of phemelogy. Most bluntly put, the attitude is: Don't talk about it; do it! It would seem that we have arrived at a point where introductions to phemelogy are of doubt ful value, if t superfluous. The present collection of essays is based on different assumptions and points to an alternative conception of the role of both methodology and originality in phemelogical work.