Thing and Space

Thing and Space : Lectures of 1907

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This is a translation of Edmund HusserI's lecture course from the Summer semester 1907 at the University of Gottingen. The German original was pub- lished posthumously in 1973 as Volume XVI of Husserliana, Husserl's opera omnia. The translation is complete, including both the main text and the supplementary texts (as Husserliana volumes are usually organized), except for the critical apparatus which provides variant readings. The announced title of the lecture course was "Main parts of the phenome- nology and critique of reason." The course began with five, relatively inde- pendent, introductory lectures. These were published on their own in 1947, bearing the title The idea ojphenomenology.l The "Five Lectures" comprise a general orientation by proposing the method to be employed in the subsequent working out of the actual problems (viz., the method of "phenomenological reduction") and by clarifying, at least provisionally, some technical terms that will be used in the labor the subsequent lectures will carry out. The present volume, then, presents that labor, i.e., the method in action and the results attained. As such, this text dispels the abstract impression which could not help but cling to the first five lectures taken in isolation. Accord- ingly, we are here given genuine "introductory lectures," i.e., an introduction to phenomenology in the genuine phenomenological sense of engaging in the work of phenomenology, going to the "matters at issue themselves," rather than remaining aloof from them in abstract considerations of standpoint and approach.
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  • Hardback | 350 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 26.67mm | 1,590g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1998 ed.
  • XXXII, 350 p.
  • 0792347498
  • 9780792347491
  • 955,227

Table of contents

Introduction. Section I: The Foundations of a Phenomenological Theory of Perception. 1. Fundamental Determinations of Outer Perception. 2. The Methodological Possibility of the Analysis of Perception. Section II: Analysis of Unchanged Outer Perception. 3. The Elements of Perceptual Correlation. 4. The Constitution of the Temporal and Spatial Extension of the Appearance. Section III: Analysis of the Kinetic Synthesis of Perception. Changes in Perception and Changes in Appearance. 5. The Givenness of the Thing at Rest in Continuous Courses of Perception. 6. The Possibility and Sense of an Adequate Perception of Spatial Things. 7. Recapitulation. The Analyses of Perception in the Framework of the Phenomenological Reduction. Section IV: The Significance of the Kinaesthetic Systems for the Constitution of the Perceived Object. 8. The Phenomenological Concept of Kinaesthesis. 9. The Correlation Between the Visual Field and the Kinaesthetic Sequences. 10. The Thing as Unity in the Kinaesthetically Motivated Manifold of Appearances. Section V: The Transition from the Oculomotor Field to Objective Space. The Constitution of Three-Dimensional, Spatial Corporeality. 11. Amplifications of the Oculomotor Field. 12. The Typicality of the Modifications of Appearances in the Oculomotor Field. 13. The Constitution of Space Through the Conversion of the Oculomotor Field Into an Expansional and Turning Manifold. 14. Supplementary Considerations. Section VI: The Constitution of Objective Change. 15. Qualitative Changes of the Perceptual Object. 16. The Constitution of Mere Movement. Supplementary Texts. A. Essays. B. Appendices. Index.
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