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Phenomenology, Metaphysics, and Transcendental Philosophy
Dan Zahavi offers an in-depth and up-to-date analysis of central and contested aspects of the philosophy of Edmund Husserl, the founder of phenomenology.
What is ultimately at stake in Husserl's phenomenological analyses? Are they primarily to be understood as investigations of consciousness or are they equally about the world? What is distinctive about phenomenological transcendental philosophy, and what kind of metaphysical import, if any, might it have? Husserl's Legacy offers an interpretation of the more overarching aims and ambitions of Husserlian phenomenology and engages with some of the most contested and debated questions in
phenomenology. Central to its interpretative efforts is the attempt to understand Husserl's transcendental idealism. Husserl's Legacy argues that Husserl was not an internalist, nor a quietist when it comes to metaphysical issues; that he assigned a fundamental importance to facticity and intersubjectivity;
and that he was not opposed to all forms of naturalism.
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the book has a cyclical character, and questions which are raised early on are returned to as the work unfolds; the central debates are interwoven throughout the work. The work is decisive, yet also full of Zahavi's characteristic diplomacy, and his careful and considerate attention to detailed distinctions. * Heath Williams, Phenomenological Reviews * Zahavi's latest book, Husserl's Legacy, is a major achievement. ... The style of the exposition is eloquent: the book is written in a relaxed way, yet without dispensing with focus or clarity. In philosophy, an eloquent style of writing is a virtue only when combined with clarity, and Zahavi does a brilliant job in this respect. ... I warmly recommend the book to anyone interested in phenomenology, but also to all scholars - juniors and seniors, whose
research touches upon questions of internalism/externalism, speculative realism, naturalism, or the relation between philosophy and empirical science. All in all, Zahavi offers a very enjoyable and inspiring reading experience, without putting aside philosophical rigor and clarity. * Joona Taipale, ProtoSociology *