The Person and the Common Life

Studies in a Husserlian Social Ethics

  • James G. Hart

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 126)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. James G. Hart
    Pages 1-49
  3. James G. Hart
    Pages 50-154
  4. James G. Hart
    Pages 155-283
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 468-488

About this book


What follows attempts to synthesize Husserl's social ethics and to integrate the themes of this topic into his larger philosophical concerns. Chapter I proceeds with the hypothesis that Husser! believed that all of life could be examined and lived by the transcendental phenomenologist, and therefore action was not something which one did isolated from one's commitment to being philosophical within the noetic-noematic field. Therefore besides attempting to be clear about the meaning of the reduction it relates the reduction to ethical life. Chapter II shows that the agent, properly understood, i. e. , the person, is a moral theme, indeed, reflection on the person involves an ethical reduction which leads into the essentials of moral categoriality, the topic of Chapter IV. Chapter III mediates the transcendental ego, individual person, and the social matrix by showing how the common life comes about and what the constitutive processes and ingredients of this life are. It also shows how the foundations of this life are imbued with themes which adumbrate moral categoriality discussed in Chapter IV. The final Chapters, V and VI, articulate the communitarian ideal, "the godly person of a higher order," emergent in Chapters II, III and IV, in terms of social-political and theological specifications of what this "godly" life looks like.


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Authors and affiliations

  • James G. Hart
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4157-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-015-7991-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-0331
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