@nizken The lecture on How do Systems Changes become natural practice? explores the shift in philosophy that comes in appreciating practices in their social context.
Let me explain the practical path on which I arrived in phenomenology. When my colleague Ian Simmonds (at IBM Research) and I (circa 1998-2000) were collaborating, the questions were very much around communities of practice, and computer-support cooperative work (CSCW). This led into the research by Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave, while they were at the Institute for Research on Learning (a sister of Xerox PARC). This also then ties into the leadershiip of John Seely Brown.
Much of this research was developed by anthropologists. Anthropologists tend to be less interested in epistemology (as knowing), and more in social theory (as the philosophy underlying sociology, leading into social theories of learning).
In order to understand the work of Jean Lave and Etienne Wenger, Ian and I climbed the steep learning curve associated with Pierre Bourdieu. Bourdieu loved the work of Martin Heidegger, so that became a foundation. However, since Bourdieu and Heidegger come from a period pre-Internet (and practically, pre-personal-computing) times, there are gaps in interpreting their work for contemporary times.
This led to looking into Hubert Dreyfus, the Heidegger scholar at Berkeley. There’s a joke that Berkeley students don’t really study Heidegger, which is written in German, but instead Dregdegger because it’s Dreyfus channelling Heidegger. More importantly, there’s a large body of work on Hubert Dreyfus’s views on artificial intelligence, that is way beyond Bourdieu and Heidegger.
If you listen to the Philosophy 185 Heidegger lectures from Fall 2007 at U.C. Berkeley, you might catch some discussion about the splits from Husserl into Heidegger. This would be going in depth-first … and since you can see the entire network of philosophers involved, my inclination is to breadth-first.
It it makes you feel any better, I probably embarked on this path starting in 1999, and may not have gotten comfortable with phenomenology until maybe 2004-2005. It helps that I had a practical reason for working across multiple philosophies, that have led me towards the multiparadigm inquiry (specifically multiparadigm interplay, since my style isn’t to insist on a single approach, but work across multiple).