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The Subject(s) of Phenomenology for free

The Subject(s) of Phenomenology
The Subject(s) of Phenomenology for free

About this Book
Bringing together established researchers and emerging scholars alike to discuss new readings of Husserl and to reignite the much needed discussion of what phenomenology actually is and can possibly be about, this volume sets out to critically re-evaluate (and challenge) the predominant interpretations of Husserl’s philosophy, and to adapt phenomenology to the specific philosophical challenges and context of the 21st century.
“What is phenomenology?”, Maurice Merleau-Ponty asks at the beginning of his Phenomenology of Perception – and he continues: “It may seem strange that this question still has to be asked half a century after the first works of Husserl. It is, however, far from being resolved.” Even today, more than half a century after Merleau-Ponty’s magnum opus, the answer is in many ways still up for grasp. While it may seem obvious that the main subject of phenomenological inquiry is, in fact, the subject, it is anything but self evident what this precisely implies: Considering the immense variety of different themes and methodological self-revisions found in Husserl’s philosophy – from its Brentanian beginnings to its transcendental re-interpretation and, last but not least, to its ‘crypto-deconstruction’  in the revisions of his early manuscripts and in his later work –, one cannot but acknowledge the fact that ‘the’ subject of phenomenology marks an irreducible plurality of possible subjects.
Paying tribute to this irreducible plurality the volume sets out to develop interpretative takes on the phenomenological tradition which transcend both its naive celebration and its brute rejection, to re-articulate the positions of other philosophers within the framework of Husserl’s thought, and to engage in an investigative dialogue between traditionally opposed camps within phenomenology and beyond.
About the authors
Iulian Apostolescu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. His research focuses on transcendental philosophy, phenomenology, continental philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He is editor-in-chief of the online journal Phenomenological Reviews (ISSN: 2297-7627) and General Editor, Epoché Series, Ratio and Revelatio Publishing House. He is the co-editor (with Claudia Serban) of Husserl, Kant and Transcendental Phenomenology (De Gruyter, 2020).
His current projects include two edited volumes on the German philosopher Eugen Fink and a special issue on the “Varieties of the Lebenswelt”.

Table of contents :Front Matter ....Pages i-xiv
Front Matter ....Pages 1-1
An Analytic Phenomenology: Husserl’s Path to the Things Themselves (Jean-Daniel Thumser)....Pages 3-15
Parts, Wholes, and Phenomenological Necessity (Adam Konopka)....Pages 17-30
The Early Husserl Between Structuralism and Transcendental Philosophy (Simone Aurora)....Pages 31-43
Transcendental Consciousness: Subject, Object, or Neither? (Corijn van Mazijk)....Pages 45-56
Philosophy as an Exercise in Exaggeration: The Role of Circularity in Husserl’s Criticism of Logical Psychologism (Vedran Grahovac)....Pages 57-94
Front Matter ....Pages 95-95
Husserl’s Idea of Rigorous Science and Its Relevance for the Human and Social Sciences (Victor Eugen Gelan)....Pages 97-105
Ego-Splitting and the Transcendental Subject. Kant’s Original Insight and Husserl’s Reappraisal (Marco Cavallaro)....Pages 107-133
What Is Productive Imagination? The Hidden Resources of Husserl’s Phenomenology of Phantasy (Saulius Geniusas)....Pages 135-153
Does Husserl’s Phenomenological Idealism Lead to Pluralistic Solipsism? Assessing the Criticism by Theodor Celms (Rodney K. B. Parker)....Pages 155-184
Finding a Way Into Genetic Phenomenology (Matt E. M. Bower)....Pages 185-200
The Allure of Passivity (Randall Johnson)....Pages 201-211
Front Matter ....Pages 213-213
Time and Oblivion: A Phenomenological Study on Oblivion (Benjamin Draxlbauer)....Pages 215-229
On the Verge of Subjectivity: Phenomenologies of Death (Christian Sternad)....Pages 231-243
Spiritual Expression and the Promise of Phenomenology (Neal DeRoo)....Pages 245-269
Individuation, Affectivity and the World: Reframing Operative Intentionality (Merleau-Ponty) (Elodie Boublil)....Pages 271-290
Husserl and America: Reflections on the Limits of Europe as the Ground of Meaning and Value for Phenomenology (Ian Angus)....Pages 291-310
Husserl and His Shadows: Phenomenology After Merleau-Ponty (Keith Whitmoyer)....Pages 311-326
Phenomenological Crossings: Givenness and Event (Emre Şan)....Pages 327-339
Politicising the Epokhé: Bernard Stiegler and the Politics of Epochal Suspension (Ben Turner)....Pages 341-354
Not Phenomenology’s ‘Other’: Historical Epistemology’s Critique and Expansion of Phenomenology (David M. Peña-Guzmán)....Pages 355-380

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