Intersubjectivity and Transcendental Idealism

By James R. Mensch

Subjects: Philosophy
Series: SUNY series in Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Paperback : 9780887067525, 430 pages, July 1988
Hardcover : 9780887067518, 430 pages, July 1988

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Table of contents



Chapter I The Account of the Cartesian Meditations

Chapter II The Grounding of the Thing and the Ego

Chapter III Factivity and Intersubjectivity

Chapter IV A First Solution to the Problem of Intersubjectivity

Chapter V The Temporal Dimension of Subjective Life

Chapter VI A Second Solution to the Problem of Intersubjectivity

Chapter VII Temporality and Teleology





The threat of solipcism nagged Husserl. The question of the status of others occupied him during the last years of his life and remained a question that seemed to challenge the foundation of his life's work. This book offers new answers to this persistent philosophical question by defining the question in specifically Husserlian terms and by means of a careful examination of Husserl's later texts, including the unpublished Nachlass.

James Richard Mensch holds a Licentiate from the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and a Doctorate from the University of Toronto. Aside from working as a translator for the Dachau Concentration Camp Museum, he has taught at a number of universities, including Toronto, Dallas, and the University of Washington. He is the author of The Question of Being in Husserl's Logical Investigations.


"The author has availed himself of hitherto unpublished manuscripts at the Husserl archives in Belgium, and has used those texts in an effort to finish Husserl's own case that phenomenology can meaningfully contribute to the discussion of others, of freedom, and of our fellowship. The resulting treatment of the problem of intersubjectivity is remarkably sympathetic to Husserlian thought and intelligently made. " — Dennis J. Schmidt, State University of New York at Binghamton