Postfoundational Phenomenology: Husserlian Reflections on by James R. Mensch

By James R. Mensch

This ebook bargains a clean examine Edmund Husserl’s philosophy as a nonfoundational method of knowing the self as an embodied presence.

Contrary to the normal view of Husserl as wearing at the Cartesian culture of looking a reliable origin for wisdom within the "pure" observations of a disembodied ego, James Mensch introduces us to the Husserl who, waiting for the later investigations of Merleau-Ponty, explored how the physique services to figure out our self-presence, our freedom, and our experience of time. the result's an idea of selfhood that enables us to determine how consciousness’s coming up from sensuous reports follows from the temporal gains of embodiment.

From this knowing of what's the most important to Husserl’s phenomenology, the e-book attracts the results for language and ethics, evaluating Husserl’s rules with these of Derrida on language and with these of Heidegger and Levinas on accountability. mockingly, it really is those postmodernists who're proven to be extending the good judgment of foundationalism to its final severe, while Husserl will be visible as best the way in which past modernity to a nonfoundational account of the self and its world.

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Any study of the texts as texts is therefore in a sense meta-phenome- WAYS INTO PHENOMENOLOGY 21 nology, not phenomenology proper,3 Only inasmuch as the texts are used as stimuli for independent verification by a reader who is already emancipated from them can they aid in actual phenomenologizing. Besides, only too often texts tend to become canonical. And such canonization could mean the very death of live phenomenology. II. THE WAY THROUGH HISTORY Texts are not always self-explanatory. Even if they were so at the time of writing, they no longer will be for a different readership than the one to which they were originally addressed.

However, starting at the age of 76, he was unable to complete more than half of this ambitious project before his final sickness and death in 1938. The first two of the projected five parts of this book were published during Husserl's lifetime. But one must be aware of the fact that the most original part III was 20 TO THE THINGS (ESSAYS ON PHENOMENOLOGY) called back from the editor for reworking and that it is by no means clear how far he had progressed with this work when he had to stop. HusserPs terminal illness prevented him from beginning the final two parts, which were merely sketched out in a few sentences by Eugen Fink, his collaborator-assistant at the time.

Why is it not enough to speak of wayM0, phenomenology, as indeed we spoke of roads to Rome? To me this difference indicates much more than the use of different prepositions^ It implies, ,at }past potentially, that there can be two kinds ordegress of »introduction« One leads as far as the gates of the city leaving tye pilgrim wayfarer there alone to enter and find his way by Jiimsolf;< the other way escorts him inside the city itself. This ambiguity attaches evçn to, the English tefjn iintrpduction/ one which indicates at the saipe φηρ the real jiecd and the pitfalls of what is basically a social apt -t that of introducing.

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