Husserl's Legacy: Phenomenology, Metaphysics, and Transcendental Philosophy

ISBN : 9780199684830

Dan Zahavi
224 ページ
135 x 216 mm

Dan Zahavi offers an in-depth and up to date analysis of central and contested aspects of the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology. What is ultimately at stake in Husserl's phenomenological analyses? Are they primarily to be understood as investigations of consciousness, and if so, must they be classified as psychological contributions of some sort? If Husserl is engaged in a transcendental philosophical project, is phenomenological transcendental philosophy then distinctive in some way, and what kind of metaphysical import, if any, might it have? Phenomenology, metaphysics, and transcendental philosophy offers an interpretation of the more overarching aims and ambitions of Husserlian phenomenology and engages with some of the most contested and debated questions in phenomenology. Central to its interpretative efforts is the attempt to understand Husserl's transcendental idealism. Zahavi argues that Husserl was not a sophisticated introspectionist, not a phenomenalist, nor an internalist, not a quietist when it comes to metaphysical issues, and not opposed to all forms of naturalism. Phenomenology, metaphysics, and transcendental philosophy argues that Husserl's phenomenology is as much about the world as it is about consciousness, and that a proper grasp of Husserl's transcendental idealism reveals the fundamental importance of facticity and intersubjectivity.


Introduction: Husserl's legacy
1 Introspection and reflection
2 Metaphysical neutrality
3 The transcendental turn
4 Internalism, externalism, and transcendental idealism
5 The naturalist challenge
6 Real realism


Dan Zahavi is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen. He is author and editor of more than 25 volumes including Husserl's Phenomenology (Stanford 2003), Subjectivity and Selfhood (MIT Press 2005), The Phenomenological Mind together with S. Gallagher (Routledge 2008), and most recently Self and Other (OUP 2014). He is co-editor in chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, and recently edited the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Phenomenology (OUP 2012).