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James and Husserl: The Foundations of Meaning

  • Authors
  • Richard Stevens

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 60)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Richard Stevens
    Pages 1-8
  3. Richard Stevens
    Pages 9-23
  4. Richard Stevens
    Pages 24-46
  5. Richard Stevens
    Pages 47-66
  6. Richard Stevens
    Pages 90-102
  7. Richard Stevens
    Pages 129-156
  8. Richard Stevens
    Pages 157-173
  9. Richard Stevens
    Pages 174-180
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 181-191

About this book

Introduction

" ... a universe unfinished, with doors and windows open to possibilities uncontrollable in advance." 1 A possibility which William James would certainly not have envisaged is a phenomenological reading of his philosophy. Given James's personality, one can easily imagine the explosive commen­ tary he would make on any attempt to situate his deliberately unsystematic writings within anyone philosophical mainstream. Yet, in recent years, the most fruitful scholarship on William James has resulted from a confrontation between his philosophy and the phe­ nomenology of Husserl. The very unlikelihood of such a comparison renders all the more fascinating the remarkable convergence of perspectives that comes to light when the fundamental projects of James and HusserI are juxtaposed. At first view, nothing could be more alien to the pragmatic mentality with its constant mistrust of any global system than a philosophy whose basic drive is to discover absolute knowledge and whose goal is to establish itself as a certain and universal science.

Keywords

Edmund Husserl body concept liberty

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-2058-9
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1974
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-2060-2
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-2058-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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