- Paperback: 157 pages
- Publisher: Martinus Nijhoff Pub. (July 31, 1977)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 902470068X
- ISBN-13: 978-9024700684
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #601,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology
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Starting with this book would be good for a number of reasons. First, the book is a compilation of lectures so Husserl is (relatively) accessible. Husserl had a very technical style which is not always a lot of fun to read. The ideas he is trying to communicate are exciting and important, they are just not always communicated in the most exciting way. That is true of this book as well, but it is a bit less technical than the Logical Investigations, 2 Volume-Set. Second, Husserl explains many of his most important ideas fairly clearly in this book (epoche, transcendental reduction, eidetic reduction, intentionality, noesis and noema, passive and active syntheses, and genetic phenomenology). Even if this was the only book of Husserl's you ever read you would, therefore, have a pretty good grasp of the essentials of Husserlian phenomenology (though there is not a whole lot on time consciousness in this book which is really important)
Third, the fifth meditation is Husserl's most sustained treatment of the important problem of intersubjectivity. Husserl's account of intersubjectivity is probably the most contentious issue in his entire philosophy. Virtually all the major phenomenologists after Husserl (Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, and Derrida) were highly critical of Husserl's account of intersubjectivity (though it is an open question whether the critics were understanding Husserl correctly). Anyone interested in the current debates that swirl around Husserl and phenomenology should definitely read the Cartesian Meditations.
Finally, there is a really good commentary on this book which I would recommend reading along with the text particularly if you are new to Husserl: Routledge Philosophy GuideBook to Husserl and the Cartesian Meditations by A.D. Smith. Smith is a clear writer, he walks through each meditation step by step, and he also has some very interesting things to say about Husserl's relation to psychoanalysis, and Husserl's metaphysics, two themes that rarely get treated in the Husserl secondary literature. I do not necessarily agree with all of Smith's interpretations but I still consider it one of the best books on Husserl I have ever read.
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