, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 261-266
Date: 26 Feb 2009

Dan Zahavi. Subjectivity and Selfhood. Cambridge/London: The MIT Press, 2005, 265 pp., $21.00/£13.95 (Paper)

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In the last decade or so, Dan Zahavi has established himself as the most innovative and influential philosopher working within the Husserlian tradition. One important reason for this renown is that, unlike many other Continental philosophers, Zahavi writes in a no-nonsense, unpretentious style, offering arguments and examples that makes his work readily accessible even to non-specialists. Especially when it comes to an area as difficult as Husserlian phenomenology, such clarity and accessibility can only be attained by those who really know what they are talking about and who have not only consumed but also thoroughly digested the objects of their intellectual concerns. Zahavi’s works have always been impressive and admirable in this respect, and Subjectivity and Selfhood is no exception.

Zahavi is not only a first-rate Husserl scholar with a remarkable command of the vast corpus of Husserl’s Nachlass—of which he has offered equally remarkable original interpretations—but also a philoso ...