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Belief and Its Neutralization

Husserl's System of Phenomenology in Ideas I

Marcus Brainard

Publication Year: 2002

Presenting the first step-by-step commentary on Husserl’s Ideas I, Marcus Brainard’s Belief and Its Neutralization provides an introduction not only to this central work, but also to the whole of transcendental phenomenology. Brainard offers a clear and lively account of each key element in Ideas I, along with a novel reading of Husserl, one which may well cause scholars to reconsider many long-standing views on his thought, especially on the role of belief, the effect and scope of the epoché, and the significance of the universal neutrality modification.

Published by: State University of New York Press

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. ix-xi

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pp. xiii-xix

Edmund Husserl was not a philosopher, nor was his thought philosophy. He himself makes this quite clear, and repeatedly so. It is not, however, hubris that motivates his rejection of these titles, but rather his understanding of the philosophical tradition on the one hand and his high esteem of the idea of philosophy on the other. In fact it is his experience of the...

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Chapter I. Introduction: The Task of Thinking

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pp. 1-32

Time is not of the essence. Essences are nothing in time, although their instantiations occur in time. Essences are idealities, not realities; formal, not material; universal, not individual. An essence or idea regulates the becoming of its corresponding individuals, which is to say, it sets the goal, the telos, of their becoming. The essence binds together every...

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Chapter II. Phenomenological Propaedeutics

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pp. 33-102

By seeking to establish pure phenomenology as First Philosophy and, prior to that, as First Science, Husserl intends to make a radical beginning, one that is simultaneously to found and reorient not only the sciences but all human endeavor. However, because it is “remote from natural thinking,” it is “only in our days” that pure phenomenology “presses...

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Chapter III. The Disclosure of the System’s Lowermost Limit: Subjectivity

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pp. 103-193

Following the preliminary considerations that make up the first two parts of Ideas I, Husserl stands on the threshold to phenomenology’s proper field of inquiry, pure consciousness. It is in his analyses of this field that the contours of the system of his thought first begin to take on determinacy. He starts with pure subjectivity and moves upwards towards reason...

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Chapter IV. Towards the System’s Uppermost Limit: Reason

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pp. 195-218

In the foregoing Husserl showed the scission between noesis and noema to be “a fundamental structure pervading all intentional structures, which consequently must form a dominant leitmotif of phenomenological methodology and determine the course of all inquiries into problems of intentionality” (265). His analyses of this structure culminated in a consideration...

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Chapter V. Conclusion: The Phenomenological Movement

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pp. 219-225

What is phenomenology? Is it a style, a trend, a school, or a movement of thought? Can it even be spoken of in the singular? Assuming that it makes sense to speak of “the” phenomenological movement, then the source of this sense is to be found in the movement of phenomenology as it is prescribed by the latter’s task. This task is...

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pp. 227-228

If there is to be a last word, then let it be one of thanks. Here I would like to express my gratitude to all those who have accompanied me through the various phases of this book’s composition and have contributed to it in diverse ways, gratitude that will not end with these lines...


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pp. 229-305


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pp. 307-328

Index of Names

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pp. 329-331

E-ISBN-13: 9780791489307
Print-ISBN-13: 9780791452196
Print-ISBN-10: 0791452190

Page Count: 349
Publication Year: 2002