Husserl on Ethics and Intersubjectivity: From Static and Genetic Phenomenology
Published: April 2016© 2016
200 Pages, 6.02 x 9.00 x 0.46 in
In Husserl on Ethics and Intersubjectivity, Janet Donohoe offers a compelling look into Husserl’s shift from a "static" to a "genetic" approach in his analysis of consciousness. Rather than view consciousness as an abstract unity, Husserl began investigating consciousness by taking into account the individual’s lived experiences.
Engaging critics from contemporary analytic schools to third-generation phenomenologists, Donohoe shows that they often do not do justice to the breadth of Husserl’s thoughts. In separate chapters Donohoe elucidates the relevance of Husserl’s later genetic phenomenology to his work on time consciousness, intersubjectivity, and ethical issues. This much-needed synthesis of Husserl’s methodologies will be of interest to Husserl scholars, phenomenologists, and philosophers from both Continental and analytic schools.
1: On the Distinction Between Static and Genetic Phenomenologies
2: On Time Consciousness and Its Relationship to Intersubjectivity
3: On the Question of Intersubjectivity
4: The Husserlian Account of Ethics
Conclusion: The Impact of Genetic Phenomeneology
"The outstanding strength of Donohoe’s book consists precisely in its clear and comprehensive account of how Husserl’s unpublished genetic phenomenology allowed him to develop substantive views concerning the nature of intersubjectivity, ethics, and history. It is a valuable and much welcomed contribution to studies in contemporary phenomenology and Husserl scholarship."Christopher McTavish, Philosophy in Review
"This book addresses a complex and original issue in Husserl’s thinking, and examines it in a clear, concise, and stimulating manner … It pushes Husserl scholarship forward and makes a powerful argument for placing a theory of ethics at the heart of Husserl’s thoughts."Jonathan Hunt, British Journal of Phenomenology
"A very different Husserl emerges from this study of the ‘genetic’ phase of his phenomenology. It not only complements the ‘static’ approach guided so far only by the rules of intentionality. It also significantly corrects the perceived one-sidedness in the way Husserl viewed the problems of ego, intersubjectivity, and ethical and historical dimensions. This book opens the once-closed minds of Husserl scholars to the possibility that Husserl can actually accommodate both the temporally and the culturally Other."Kah Kyung Cho, PhD, State University of New York at Buffalo Distinguished Professor