Life of the Transcendental Ego

Essays in Honor of William Earle

Edited by Edward S. Casey & Donald V. Morano

Subjects: Philosophy
Paperback : 9780887061707, 217 pages, June 1986
Hardcover : 9780887061714, 217 pages, June 1986

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Table of contents

I Reason, Existence, and Choice

Reason and Existence: Or, What Spinoza was Doing up in his Room

Asher Moore

A Mess of Existentialist Pottage: The Existentialist Phenomenology of William Earle

James M. Edie

The Not-So-Private Pleasures of William Earle

Robert C. Scharff

II Philosophical Vision, the Transcendental, and the Mystical

On Clarity, Integrity, and Philosophical Vision

Philip Grier

On the Possibility of Transcendental Philosophy

J. N. Mohanty

The Life of Spirit

William J. Langan

III Art, Ontology, and Consciousness

Some Reflections on Spinoza's Ethics As Edifying Ontology

Forrest Williams

Nietzsche as the Last Philosopher of Art

Erich Heller

Sartre's Theory of Consciousness and the Zen Doctrine of No Mind
William Bossart

IV Morality and War, Surrealism and Memory

Earle's "Rejection" of Morality

Hugh Mercer Curtler

On the Indefensibility of War

Errol E. Harris

Surrealism and the Movies: From A to Miss Zed

William Fowkes

Earle on Memory and the Past

Edward S. Casey

Afterword by William Earle

Selected Bibliography of Writings by William Earle

Contributors Notes


The Life of the Transcendental Ego presents essays by a number of distinguished writers in the continental tradition of philosophy. The essays include problems in transcendental philosophy, the nature of autobiography, the validity of existentialism, the possibilities of phenomenology, as well as focused discussions of concrete issues in aesthetics and ethics.

Edward S. Casey is Professor of Philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Donald V. Morano is a lawyer in Chicago and author of numerous essays on existential themes and the philosophy of law.


"The essays are well written, interesting, and to the point. Anyone concerned with phenomenological or existential philosophy could profitably read the book, as would those with a more general philosophical interest. " — Edward Goodwin Ballard

"It contains a very fine assortment of well-written essays that are clearly thought out. Several provide important comment on, and retrospective estimation of, the influence of phenomenology and existentialism on academic philosophy in the U. S."— Fred Kersten