, Volume 44, Issue 1, pp 1-21
Date: 15 Mar 2011

Challenging the transcendental position: the holism of experience

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Abstract

Taking the problem of perception and illusion as a leading clue, this article presents a new phenomenological approach to perception and the world: “holism of experience.” It challenges not only Husserl’s transcendentalism, but also what remains of it in Heidegger’s early thought, on the grounds that it is committed to the skeptical inference: “Since we can always doubt any perception, we can always doubt perception as a whole.” The rejection of such an implicit inference leads to a relational paradigm of Being-in-the-World that differs from Heidegger’s on many points.

Translated by Michael B. Smith, Berry College (smithster@gmail.com).