The Transcendence of the World: Phenomenological Studies

The Transcendence of the World: Phenomenological Studies

The Transcendence of the World: Phenomenological Studies

The Transcendence of the World: Phenomenological Studies

Synopsis

Richard Holmes brings together some of the major figures in the phenomenological movement to help explain our experience of the world -- the world meant as independent of any particular awareness of it. Focussing on the writings of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre, Holmes delivers an accessible and coherent account of both the method and results of phenomenological analysis. He offers a critical appraisal of the works of these great thinkers and presents his own radical analyses in order to make sense of our experience of the world, and also the theory of quantum mechanics that purports to describe this world. This book will be an important resource for students and scholars of philosophy and for all those interested in twentieth-century continental ideas.

Excerpt

This book has been developed with two goals in mind. First, I want to bring together some of the major figures in the phenomenological movement on the topic of what it means to be a world independent of any particular awareness of it. To this end, I focus on the writings of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Jean-Paul Sartre as containing the most important and influential analyses of our experience of the world. Second, I am both critical as I appraise their work and radical as I develop my own analyses which strive to make sense not only of our experience of the world but of the theory of quantum mechanics that purports to describe this world. Fundamental to this task is the desire to confront the postmodern challenge to the possibility of legitimating any particular definite sense that may be given to or interpreted from our experience. What I offer here is not an anachronistic version of phenomenology that ostrich-like refuses to see the developments in contemporary philosophy since Heidegger End of Philosophy and the whole deconstructive movement. Rather, I am interested to use phenomenologists such as Husserl, Heidegger, and Sartre, as well as Derrida, to forge a common perspective that enables this explication of what it means for us to have a world. Crucial to my task is a focussing on the phenomenon of our world and how we interactively are of it and it of us. Throughout my concern is to provide an analysis that will allow a plurality of theories to defend their interpretations whether they are about literary works, ordinary physical objects, or the behaviour of microparticles. Although, at best, my present accomplishment is a sketch or preview of such a provision, its legitimacy has its roots in the phenomena and what I take to be the underlying visions and results of thinkers from Husserl to Derrida; it is offered in the spirit of cophenomenologizing with them.

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