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The Analytic Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology in the United States: History, Problems, and Prospects

  • Paul M. Livingston
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Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 100)

Abstract

This paper considers the historical and current reception of Husserl’s phenomenological project within the tradition of analytic philosophy, especially in the United States. Despite the fact that both Husserlian phenomenology and the analytic tradition have centrally undertaken systematic analysis and clarification of structures of meaning or sense, the project of phenomenological analysis and reflection has never been centrally or comprehensively integrated into the most characteristic projects of the analytic tradition. This resistance owes in part to the strong elements of naturalism, conventionalism, reductionism, and realism characteristic of the projects of the analytic tradition. I argue that there remains little hope for a comprehensive rapprochement between Husserlian phenomenology and analytic philosophy that retains without significant distortion the most characteristic methods of both. Nevertheless, it is possible to envision a contemporary development of a phenomenologically informed “post-analytic” philosophy that would integrate phenomenological methods and ideas (such as the ideas of world, reflective awareness, consciousness, givenness, presence, and the “first person” perspective) to supplement the analytic project just where some of its constitutive limitations are, today, becoming most evident.

Keywords

Husserl Analytic philosophy Carnap Sellars Quine 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Livingston
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  1. 1.University of New MexicoAlbuquerqueUSA

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