Husserl's Criticism of Reason

Husserl's Criticism of Reason : With Ethnomethodological Specifications

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A phenomenological inquiry into the benefits and limitations of formal analytic reasoning is developed in reliance upon the criticism of reason by Husserl and his students, which is respecified ethnomethodologically by examining occasions of philosophers' work in its actual course. Liberman engages in a dialogue and debate with Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Merleau-Ponty, and Derrida for the purpose of adding an ethnomethodological vision of the orderliness of ordinary philosophical affairs to the philosophical anthropology of reason.
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  • Hardback | 212 pages
  • 149.86 x 231.14 x 10.16mm | 453.59g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739111183
  • 9780739111185

About Kenneth B. Liberman

Kenneth Liberman is professor in the department of sociology, University of Oregon.
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Liberman provides many detailed examples...[He]keeps his promise of showing how thinking reason lives with, and actively uses, sophistry and formal tools of reasoning...Liberman's well-planned foray into the borderlands between phenomenology and ethnomethodology may have re-awakened a slumbering giant...Bringing together two methodologically different disciplines is itself an impressive achievement...Liberman succeeds in attaining his stated goal...He displays the fluidity of thinking reason, and, even more important, shows that it must remain dynamic instead of getting trapped in its own logical aporias and contradictions...Liberman has created an exciting fusion that has the potential to reinvigorate thinking reason. Husserl Studies, July 2008 'To reason,' Ken Liberman proposes at the start of this book, 'is to work with other humans in applying some discipline to our thinking.' He goes on to show us, with great patience, persistence, and insight (and by using Garfinkel's ethnomethodology) just how 'people achieve sense in their mundane lives,' as exhibited in 'occasions where thinking reason' is at work in re-connecting our logic with our lifeworld experience-whether those occasions are enacted by Tibetan Buddhist monks or Australian Aboriginal people. -- Lenore Langsdorf, Professor Emerita, Southern Illinois University Carbondale
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Table of contents

Part 1 Foreword by George Psathas Chapter 2 Preface Part 3 Part One - Phenomenological Investigations Chapter 4 Chapter 1. Husserl's "Criticism of Reason" Chapter 5 Chapter 2. Thinking with Categorical Forms Chapter 6 Chapter 3. Levinas's Critique of Apophantic Reason Chapter 7 Chapter 4. Heidegger's Respecification of Thinking Chapter 8 Chapter 5. Garfinkel's Uncompromising Intellectual Rigor Part 9 Part Two - Ethnomethodological Specifications Chapter 10 Chapter 6. Brief Introduction to the Tibetan's Criticism of Reason Chapter 11 Chapter 7. Recognizing the Limits of Apophansis Chapter 12 Chapter 8. Philosophy as Its Lived Work Chapter 13 Conclusion: Philosophers' Work
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