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(1993) Japanese and Western phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer.

Humanism and transcendental phenomenology

Richard Holmes

pp. 121-134

The incompatibility of humanism and transcendental phenomenology seems to be a given if one accepts the views that phenomenology is only a descriptive epistemology with no aspirations towards an ethics. In this essay I endeavor to show that an epistemological description of the foundation for the possibility of objectivity requires a humanism. I use analyses of Jean-Paul Sartre and Edmund Husserl to develop an account of objectivity and responsibility that I believe is faithful to both their writings and the spirit of their theories. This analysis develops the need for recognizing the level of transcendental intersubjectivity as founding the possibility and necessity of a community of individuals each respecting the other's perspectives, choice and responsibilities.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-015-8218-6_8

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Holmes, R.H. (1993)., Humanism and transcendental phenomenology, in P. Blosser, E. Shimomissé, L. Embree & H. Kojima (eds.), Japanese and Western phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 121-134.

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