Husserl’s Critique of Reason

  • Kathleen Haney
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 34)


Although Husserl introduced the theme of reason early in his work, his discussion of it near the conclusion of the Cartesian Meditations is of particular interest since in this relatively late work he provided a systematically complete introduction to phenomenology including the role of inter subjectivity which he had only suggested in Ideas. In the late work, transcendental objectivity (the principal difficulty which arises in the “Cartesian way into phenomenology”) is guaranteed by intersubjective intentionality which is itself manifested in the acts which embody it. According to the Husserl of the Meditations, the transcendental phenomenological reduction to the solitary ego does not necessarily end in a transcendental solipsism since real otherness is one of the constitutive possibilities of such an ego in its incarnation.


Phenomenological Method Bodily Object Husserlian Phenomenology Cartesian Meditation Transcendental Experience 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Haney
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  1. 1.University of Houston-DowntownUSA

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