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Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology Paperback – Apr 26 2012
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Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) through his creation of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl was one of the most influential philosophers of our century.
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Edmund Husserl is considered the father of phenomenology, and also as a major contributor to the substrate of post- modern philosophy. Without a doubt, his thought in “Ideas” is profoundly evident as the structure for much of Heidegger’s, Ponty’s, and Beaufret’s thought. Therefore, any student of post-modern thought will find this manuscript absolutely essential to read and assimilate. Assimilating the material may take some doing. Husserl is difficult; but not impossible. He is just extremely detailed, and you must carefully track his concepts and their use.
Husserl tells us that the study of “Being” cannot begin until after the pure-experience work of describing “modalities-of-being”. Then the self may transition to the study of “being”. To assist the reader, I will give you the “4” modalities of his procedure. Keep these in mind as you read: 1. the “primordial-modality” of “epoche” (suspension of conceptualization); 2. The remembrance-modality of the “noetic”; 3. The imaginative-modality of the “eidetic”; and 4. The signifying-modality of the “doxic”.
The self must work “descriptively” through the first three modalities, and then work through a transformation in the fourth modality of the “doxic”. The doxa-modality asks the self to work through “recollection and subtracting” in order to arrive at the “proto-doxa” that have been present all along. These “proto-doxa” consist of the core-noema resulting from the on-going interrogation of the self from an existential stand-point. Through a process of negating the modality-content in previous moments, the self can arrive at the pure doxa content. The noematic-object passes through negation of modality-content to become pure-noema-character. And this character”, in turn is copied as a doxa-sign by consciousness. The self “stands-in” to consider the relational aspects of this new modified domain in order to form the ideological structure. Like I said; it is there, and understandable, but requires slow and careful reading.
I consider this manuscript “mandatory” for anyone studying post-modern thought, but Husserl is certainly not limited to just that interest. 5 stars and “good luck”