Do We-Experiences Require an Intentional Object? On the Nature of Reflective Communities (Following Gerda Walther)

  • Sebastian LuftEmail author
Part of the Women in the History of Philosophy and Sciences book series (WHPS, volume 1)


What does it mean to be a community and to be in a community? Can this social phenomenon be analogized to an individual person with her interwoven opinions, wants, and desires? Or is a community a phenomenon sui generis that requires its own methods and tools for research? Concretely: What does it mean that a community may achieve certain acts? And what about the intentional object of such an act, which (following the Husserlian school) has also been referred to as “social act”? These questions raise the methodological ones: how is it even possible to characterize a community, such that it can be said to issue social acts? And how can such an inquiry be carried out, does it require an outside perspective or one from within a community, or can it be done by both?


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  1. 1.Marquette UniversityMilwaukeeUSA

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