Husserl Studies

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 75–82 | Cite as

Dan Zahavi: Self and Other: Exploring Subjectivity, Empathy, and Shame

Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2015, Hardcover: $49.95; £, ISBN: 9780199590681
  • Philip J. WalshEmail author

Dan Zahavi’s newest book, Self and Other, gathers together and expands on his rich body of work on selfhood and intersubjectivity. The book is divided into three parts: the experiential self; empathic understanding; and the interpersonal self. A consistent theme throughout is the relevance of classical phenomenology to contemporary debates about consciousness, selfhood, and social cognition. Zahavi’s discussions of Husserl, Stein, Scheler, Schutz, Sartre, and Merleau-Ponty (among others) are extremely clear and careful. The exegetical work alone makes this book valuable for anyone interested in the phenomenological tradition and its contemporary relevance. The book’s value, however, exceeds its historical acumen by placing explanations of classical phenomenology alongside a comprehensive review of recent work from both empirical psychology and analytic philosophy. In short, this book will be of interest to anyone who cares about the myriad ways that our social existence shapes and is...


Social Cognition Joint Attention Phenomenal Character White Wall Phenomenological Tradition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of CaliforniaIrvineUSA

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