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Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology

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The "Cartesian Meditations" translation is based primarily on the printed text, edited by Professor S. Strasser and published in the first volume of Husserliana: Cartesianische Meditationen und Pariser Vortrage, ISBN 90-247-0214-3. Most of Husserl's emendations, as given in the Appendix to that volume, have been treated as if they were part of the text. The others have bee ...more
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Published July 31st 1977 by Springer (first published 1929)
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Sep 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Some comments and thoughts noted down as I go, primarily as a way of keeping track of them for myself, but also to see what someone who has never studied philosophy but has read a bit of Heidegger, Descartes, Kant etc over the years, can get out of this text.

1. The introduction is surprisingly clear – the importance of Descartes is the stripping back to first principles, the process of doing philosophy being a
David M
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If the journey to the point of departure is so toilsome, it is because the concrete is the final conquest of thought - Paul Ricouer, Freud and Philosophy

Ricoeur considered himself a humble student of Husserl, and I think the master would assent to the above. The original rallying cry of phenomenology was 'to the things themselves.' Nonetheless, when you read Husserl it's hard to avoid feeling the concrete has been endlessly deferred. He spends so much time on his precious reduction, which must b
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
A quick revisit to the Fifth Meditation this time around. In the Fifth Meditation Husserl staves off the threat of the accusation that transcendental-phenomenology is a solipsism. I think he succeeds, or at a minimum, provides the path from the solus ipse of the transcendentally reduced ego to the intersubjective/objective world of the positive sciences and the establishment of an interpretation of the sense-intention of ‘the being of the other.’ But overall, Heidegger’s treatment (forgive me fo ...more
the gift
this is a much later later addition: after reading some reviews of works of philosophy, i will try to 'do' philosophy, that is, ask questions, search, always be open to discussion, for i think i have by now read enough philosophy for this to be possible and fruiful. (new years decision)

and what if hs is mistaken? what if consciousness is not always '-of'? from looking at the several reviews by my efriends, from looking at all the phenomenology read, this could be a major, essential, inevitable
Roy Lotz
The Germans have a fascinating culture. Even in translation, I can often tell whether a thinker is German from the particular style of prose, the manner of argument, and the types of priorities of the thinker. This mysterious Deutsch-Stil has had an enormous influence on the intellectual life of the West, and now it seems that many contemporary French and American intellectuals (though the English seem particularly resilient to it) self-consciously try to emulate the style of German philosophy i ...more
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فوق العاده بود . فقط همینو می تونم بگم . خیلی وقت بود می خواستم بخونمش پا نمیداد . امروز یهو گرفتمو یه نفس خوندمش تا آخر . مشخصا برا فمهمیدن همچین اثری یک بار خوندن کمه و اونم یک روزه خوندن ، سعی دارم حداقل دو بار دیگه برای فهم بهتر بخونمش .
به طور کلی خیلی از ریشه های فلسفه هستی و زمان هیدگر رو به راحتی میشه درش دید و همچنان عقیده ی منو محکمتر کرد بر این موضوع که آلمانی ها در برابر اسلافشون اگر نه فروتن و خاضع ، خیلی پیگیر و جدی ان و واقعا میشه از وجود یه کسی مث هوسرل انتظار به وجود اومدن فیلسو
Dec 16, 2007 rated it liked it
I don't remember this book very well, but it was the basis for a class that I also can't really remember the name of. What I do remember is that this book is about eighty pages or something like that and that it cost sixty something dollars.
Alex Obrigewitsch
Husserl's Cartesian Meditations is not only an important turning point in Husserl's conception of phenomenology, but also in the history of phenomenology as a philosophical method, style, or movement, as it ostracized the founder of phenomenology from many of his disciples who, having been enamoured with the possibilities of phenomenology as laid out in the Logical Investigations, could not follow the thought down the path of transcendental idealism by way of the transcendental ego.
The relation
Steven Van Neste
Jul 13, 2008 rated it it was amazing
With his Cartesian Mediations Husserl offers a superb introduction into phenomenology and what we may call the hermeneutics of the real. Building upon the Cartesian cogito and meditations, Husserl offers us a new way of looking at reality and gives us the living world, an immediacy beyond the techno-scientific immediacy we are use to (themes which he furthermore worked out in his Crisis). More than anything however, Husserl’s Meditations show a strong influence of Leibniz’ Monadology, as the Car ...more
Chris Black
Aug 24, 2015 rated it liked it
I see very little justification for any normative/prescriptive claims coming out of this text - any such claims would hinge on some naive optimism in humankind. The phenomenological reduction is interesting as a way of trying to think about things, but not much more. Also, on a readability note, if he is trying to get to "the things themselves" then why does he use such esoteric, ugly, and unnecessary language? (i.e. noetic/noematic, etc)

Please, someone defend the Hustler, he dead so he can't de
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Edmund Gustav Albrecht Husserl was a philosopher who is deemed the founder of phenomenology. He broke with the positivist orientation of the science and philosophy of his day, believing that experience is the source of all knowledge, while at the same time he elaborated critiques of psychologism and historicism.

Born into a Moravian Jewish family, he was baptized as a Lutheran in 1887. Husserl stud
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“First, anyone who seriously intends to become a philosopher
must "once in his life" withdraw into himself and attempt,
within himself, to overthrow and build anew all the sciences
that, up to then, he has been accepting. Philosophy wisdom
(sagesse) is the philosophizer's quite personal affair. It must
arise as His wisdom, as his self-acquired knowledge tending
toward universality, a knowledge for which he can answer from
the beginning, and at each step, by virtue of his own absolute
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