The Prism of the Self

Philosophical Essays in Honor of Maurice Natanson

  • Steven Galt Crowell

Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Consciousness

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Judith Butler
      Pages 3-12
    3. Steven Galt Crowell
      Pages 13-29
    4. Osborne P. Wiggins Jr.
      Pages 31-41
  3. Social Encounters

  4. The Workings of Art

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 277-358

About this book


This volume contains sOOeen essays written by his students and colleagues in honor of Maurice Natanson. The essays explore some of the diverse themes Professor Natanson has pursued through forty years of teaching and philosophizing in the tradition of existential phenomenology. Because it also includes a lengthy biographical and philosophical interview where one can find an absorbing account of Natanson's Lebens/au/in his own words, there is no need to detail that polypragmatic career here. Suffice to say that even passing acquaintance with the man and the work will reveal that Edmund Husserl's self-description holds equally of his distinguished interpreter: "I seek not to instruct but only to lead, to point out and describe what I see. I claim no other right than that of speaking according to my best lights, principally before myself but in the same manner also before others, as one who has lived in all its seriousness the fate of a philosophical existence. "l For Natanson, as the diversity of the contributions to this volume attest, such seriousness involves something other than that narrow technical vision for which a topic is the more philosophical the less it has to do with anything else. In Natanson's pages-to say nothing of his teaching and conversation-there are no men of straw but living, breathing human beings; with hirn philosophy's tentacles are ubiquitous.


Edmund Husserl Emmanuel Lévinas Eric Voegelin Jean-Paul Sartre Maurice Merleau-Ponty body history of philosophy phenomenology philosophy truth

Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Galt Crowell
    • 1
  1. 1.Rice UniversityHoustonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4570-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-8408-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0923-9545
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