Idealism and Corporeity

An Essay on the Problem of the Body in Husserl’s Phenomenology

  • Authors
  • James Dodd

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 140)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. James Dodd
    Pages 1-7
  3. James Dodd
    Pages 38-60
  4. James Dodd
    Pages 61-81
  5. James Dodd
    Pages 82-117
  6. James Dodd
    Pages 118-127
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 128-160

About this book


In a way, the problem of the body in Husserl' s writings is relatively straightfo r­ ward: it is an exercise in faithful description and elaboration of a sense or mean­ ing, that of the "lived body," using the tools and methods of intentional analysis. What is to be described is nothing exotic, but a recognizable, familiar element of experience; further, it is not something limited to any special type of experience, but is ever-present, whether it is in the background or the center of attention. Thus the lived body is, in a way, the most mundane of topics in phenomenology, to be du1y noted as a matter of course--of course we should include the body in the analysis of lived space; of course the body is an element in the consciousness of other persons. Along with the obviousness of the task is the impression that, at least at the outset, the problem of the body does not appear to tax the resources of intentional analysis, forcing us to raise critical questions about the scope and limits of phenomenological philosophy. There is nothing extreme about the problem of the body-it demands neither that we discern structures of the end­ most interior of consciousness, as does the study of "internal time conscious­ ness," nor does it calion us to fix the sense of the normativity that constitutes the "logic" of the world by grounding it in an absolute foundation.


Edmund Husserl body concept event metaphysics phenomenology

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6386-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-5658-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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