EPOCHÉ RULE

Abstract To help students navigate a complex world of the legal system this article aims at presenting an approach that requires a “sort of thinking to which we are not accustomed and to which we have not been trained – a sort of thinking very different from what is required in [standard education].”(Moore) An approach referred to as epoché provides a tool that allows getting away from the anticipatory knowledge and looking at the event from a different angle. The term epoché is used in the phenomenological sense as in the setting aside of all historical and natural assumptions and factual knowledge in order to be able to apprehend more readily the phenomena and the subject’s consciousness of them. A term Necker Cube is engaged to illustrate how a hermeneutical device is used first to give us some anticipatory knowledge and then help us see what might be there that is not anticipated by the conventional explanation or interpretation. Examples used in the article are presenting daily situations, which helps see how this approach works both on higher and mundane levels. The article is a part of a series of essays modeled after Karl Llewellyn’s book The Bramble Bush aimed at entering law students and will be of interest to researchers studying both legal systems and other subjects. Key words: epoché, hermeneutics, interpretation, Necker Cube, phenomenology.