Husserl’s Legacy in the Postmodern World
Postmodern thought has not been particularly kind to the philosophical contribution of Edmund Husserl. The most generous attitude toward Husserl within postmodernity is that his phenomenological program is a project that may have had its day but has now outworn its usefulness. It is something that one has moved beyond. Husserl’s legacy thus stands in danger of losing its significance in the parade of twentieth century continental currents of thought, displaying a serial succession from transcendental phenomenology (Husserl) to phenomenological ontology (Heidegger) to existential phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty) to linguistic phenomenology (Austin) to hermeneutical phenomenology (Gadamer and Ricoeur) to deconstructionism (Derrida) to postmodernism (Foucault, Deleuze, and Lyotard). In the aftermath of this succession, which is by no means an apostolic one, not much of phenomenology, and indeed very little of Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology, remains.
KeywordsCommunicative Praxis Serial Succession Transcendental Phenomenology Hermeneutic Phenomenology Epistemic Requirement
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