Layers In Husserl's Phenomonology: On Meaning and Intersubjectivity

Layers In Husserl's Phenomonology: On Meaning and Intersubjectivity

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By Peter R. Costello
New Studies in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2017
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340 Pages
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Layers in Husserl's Phenomenology provides close readings and analyses of a number of Husserl's key translated and untranslated works across the entirety of his corpus. While maintaining a dialogue with four decades' worth of scholarship on Husserl, Peter R. Costello provides a number of new and significant insights that depart from earlier interpretations of his work, along with a revised, consistent translation of a number of important Husserlian terms.

Layers in Husserl's Phenomenology situates Husserl firmly within the trajectory of later Continental thought and contributes to the recent reconsideration of Husserl as a legitimate precursor to the thought of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Emmanuel Levinas, and Jacques Derrida. Written in a readable style appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students, this study will be valued by those interested in phenomenology in general and in Husserl in particular.

Peter R. Costello is an associate professor in the Department of Philosophy at Providence College.

Table of Contents


Chapter One: What It Means To Experience An Alien Other
I. The Natural Attitude and the Problem of Reflection
II. The Possibility That Alien Other Persons Are Among Us
III. An Actual Alien Other—There in the Flesh!

Chapter Two: Intersubjectivity—Syntheses and Product of Encounters With Alien Others
Initial Definition
I. The Syntheses at Work in Encounters With Alien Others
II. Intersubjectivity as the Basis for Intuiting Essences

Chapter Three: How Others Demonstrate (and Call Upon) Our Embodiment
I. One's Own Sensation Shows the Structure of Relations With Others
II. The Ego as Synthesis of Overlaying and Analogue
III. Transcendental Ego's Body is the Life of the Life-World

Chapter Four: Conditions of Overlaying—Time-Consciousness and Logic
I. Time-Consciousness
II. Transcendental Phenomenology as Problem of Wholes and Parts

Concluding Chapter: On to 'Other' Things--Continental Philosophy Ethics
I. Overlaying-at-a-distance
II. Merleau-Ponty and Recouvrement
III. Levinas, Coincidence, and Ethics


‘This powerful, highly illuminating study of the notion of layering in Husserl’s phenomenology makes a significant and original contribution to both Husserl scholarship and contemporary Continental philosophy in general. Comprehensive and up to date, it is especially forceful in its presentation of its two central themes, the intersubjectivity and the “layering” of our experience. Peter R. Costello has done an excellent job of writing in a very accessible and engaging prose style and of performing a careful and synthetic scholarly study of a wide range of Husserl’s texts.’

Kirsten Jacobson, Department of Philosophy, University of Maine

‘This book as a whole is an adventurous and ambitious piece of phenomenology, clearly written with enthusiasm and passion.’

Joona Taipale, Husserl Studies vol 31:2015

‘Costello provides a valuable addition to Husserlian scholarship, primarily due to the clarity of his writing and excellent choice of examples.’

Rachel Robinson, Dialogue vol 52:02:2013

‘It is a superbly written study of the philosophy of Edmund Husserl…Costello's book makes a significant contribution to the field, and will be important for scholars and students alike, both for the study of Husserl and for the broader question of phenomenology's importance as a fruitful approach to urgent issues in philosophy.’

Scott Marratto, Review of Metaphysics, December 2013

‘Costello’s Husserl interpretation can be considered as a layer in the book which as a whole is an adventurous and ambitious piece of phenomenology, clearly written with enthusiasm and passion.’

Joona Taipale, Husserl Studies, September 2014