Human Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 221–239

Husserl and the Penetrability of the Transcendental and Mundane Spheres

  • Robert Arp

DOI: 10.1023/B:HUMA.0000042127.53041.57

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Arp, R. Human Studies (2004) 27: 221. doi:10.1023/B:HUMA.0000042127.53041.57


There is a two-fold problem the phenomenologist must face: the first has to do with thinking like a phenomenologist given that one is always already steeped in the mundane sphere; the second has to do with the phenomenologist entering into dialogue with those scientists, psychologists, sociologists and other laypersons who still remain in the mundane sphere. I address the first problem by giving an Husserlian-inspired account of the movement from the mundane to the transcendental, and show that there are decent prospects for getting life-world folks to start thinking like phenomenologists. I address the second problem by showing that Husserl has himself caught in a dilemma: either the reduction takes place and no communication is possible between phenomenologist and non-phenomenologist, or the reduction does not take place and the phenomenological method remains a psychological makeshift, supposedly accessible to Husserl and his esoteric followers.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Arp
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophySaint Louis UniversitySt.LouisU.S.A