Crisis and Reflection: An Essay on Husserl's Crisis of the European Sciences / Edition 1

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In his last work, "Crisis of the European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology", Edmund Husserl formulated a radical new approach to phenomenological philosophy. Unlike his previous works, in the "Crisis" Husserl embedded this formulation in an ambitious reflection on the essence and value of the idea of rational thought and culture, a reflection that he considered to be an urgent necessity in light of the political, social, and intellectual crisis of the interwar period. In this book, James Dodd pursues an interpretation of Husserl's text that emphasizes the importance of the problem of the origin of philosophy, as well as advances the thesis that, for Husserl, the "crisis of reason" is not a contingent historical event, but a permanent feature of a life in reason generally.

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"Dodd focuses his study upon the historical character of reason and the idea of the lifeworld as a way into phenomenology … . This book is a solid contribution to modern Husserlian scholarship, and I recommend it especially for social scientists who wish to engage with the central themes of phenomenology." (Kenneth Liberman, Human Studies, Vol. 31, 2008)

"It is written for those who already ‘believe’ that Husserl’s Crisis should be taken seriously but may be puzzled about certain issues that it aspires to illuminate. It is also a book for those who are convinced that Husserl’s Crisis is a text that continues to be relevant for us today … . Dodd provides such a sustained argument, and he does it well … ." (Tanja Staehler, Husserl Studies, Vol. 25, 2009)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402021749
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 6/1/2004
  • Series: Phaenomenologica Series , #174
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 250
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

Abbreviations of Husserl's works. Acknowledgements. Introduction: Science and Reflection. Reflection as Besinnung. The claim of science. Critique and Besinnung. The 'grip' of meaning. Life and world. The theme of history. One: The Concept of Crisis (Crisis §§1-7). Is there a crisis? 'Vernunft wird Unsinn, Wohltat Plage'. A brief history of the concept of crisis. Two readings. Two: The Manifold Sense of Foundation (Crisis §15). Establishment and Sedimentation. Ur-Stiftung, Nach-Stiftung, End-Stiftung. Three: Galileo and Modern Science (Crisis §§8-10). The history of 'obviousness' (Selbstverständlichkeit). What Galileo took for granted. The strange new idea of nature. Technique and induction. Galileo's 'fateful omission'. Four: The Origin of Geometry. The indifference of ideality and language. Tradition and the problem of the 'first acquisition'. The primacy of the I and the proto-community of geometers. Writing and the 'seduction of language'. The problem of the reactivation of origins. The origin of philosophy. Five: The Problem of the Lifeworld (Crisis §§28-34). The givenness of the world. The question of the world. Modality, problematicity, apriori. The subjectivity of the world. Six: The Phenomenological Reduction (Crisis §§ 35-55). Epoche, conversion, and still-life. Reduction as phenomenalization. Difficulties. The paradox of subjectivity. Conclusion. Summary of the interpretation. Some questions: Besinnung, Einströmen, and Innerlichkeit. References. Index.

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