Phenomenology of the we

Stein, Walther, Gurwitsch

Authored by: Dan Zahavi , Alessandro Salice

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of the Social Mind

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  November  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138827691
eBook ISBN: 9781315530178
Adobe ISBN: 9781315530161

10.4324/9781315530178.ch30

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Abstract

Has phenomenology anything of interest to say on the topic of intersubjectivity? Whereas the received view in the heyday of Critical Theory was negative – due to its preoccupation with subjectivity, phenomenology was taken to be fundamentally incapable of addressing the issue of intersubjectivity in a satisfactory manner (cf. Habermas 1988) – recent decades of research have done much to disprove this verdict. As closer scrutiny of the writings of such figures as Husserl, Scheler, Reinach, Stein, Heidegger, Gurwitsch, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty and Levinas has revealed, intersubjectivity, be it in the form of a concrete self–other relation, a socially structured life-world, or a transcendental principle of justification, is ascribed an absolutely central role by phenomenologists. It is no coincidence that the first philosopher to ever engage in a systematic and extensive use of the very term intersubjectivity (Intersubjektivität) was Husserl.

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