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    Robert Scharff's new book wants to set the record straight. For too long, scholars have focused on the topic of Heidegger's thinking, being, and have read Being and Time as a hermeneutic revision of Husserl's transcendental phenomenology, which, like the latter, "takes positions" on philosophical questions, advances "theses," and, for all its emphasis on subjective experience, invites "objective" assessment. Scharff's alternative picture, focused almost exclusively on Heidegger's lecture courses…Read more
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    On what matters. Personal identity as a phenomenological problem
    Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 20 (2): 261-279. 2021.
    This paper focuses on the connection between meaning, the specific field of phenomenological philosophy, and mattering, the cornerstone of personal identity. Doing so requires that we take a stand on the scope and method of phenomenological philosophy itself. I will argue that while we can describe our lives in an “impersonal” way, such descriptions will necessarily omit what makes it the case that such lives can matter at all. This will require distinguishing between “personal” identity and “se…Read more
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    Amphibian Dreams
    In Iulian Apostolescu & Claudia Serban (eds.), Husserl, Kant and Transcendental Phenomenology, De Gruyter. pp. 479-504. 2020.
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    Kant and the Phenomenology of Life
    In Violetta L. Waibel, Margit Ruffing & David Wagner (eds.), Natur Und Freiheit. Akten des Xii. Internationalen Kant-Kongresses, De Gruyter. pp. 159-184. 2018.
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    Despite recent interest in his work, little has been written about Løgstrup’s relation to phenomenology—what he thinks phenomenology is, how it informs his approach to ethics, and what he believes it can accomplish. Here I hope to stimulate further discussion of these matters. In this, consideration of Levinas’s understanding of phenomenology will be useful. While sharing many of Løgstrup’s concerns, Levinas insists on a distinction between phenomenological ontology and “metaphysics,” one that L…Read more
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    Why is Ethics First Philosophy? Levinas in Phenomenological Context
    European Journal of Philosophy 23 (3): 564-588. 2015.
  • The Reach of Reflection: Issues for Phenomenology's Second Century (edited book)
    with Lester Embree and Samuel J. Julian
    An Electron Press Original. 2001.
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    Editor's introduction
    with Margaret Simons
    Philosophy Today 46 (5): 3-9. 2002.
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    The Cambridge Companion to Existentialism (edited book)
    Cambridge University Press.. 2012.
    Existentialism exerts a continuing fascination on students of philosophy and general readers. As a philosophical phenomenon, though, it is often poorly understood, as a form of radical subjectivism that turns its back on reason and argumentation and possesses all the liabilities of philosophical idealism but without any idealistic conceptual clarity. In this volume of original essays, the first to be devoted exclusively to existentialism in over forty years, a team of distinguished commentators …Read more
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    Metaphysics, Metontology, and the End of Being and Time
    Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 60 (2): 307-331. 2000.
    In 1928 Heidegger argued that the transcendental philosophy he had pursued in Being and Time needed to be completed by what he called "metontology." This paper analyzes what this notion amounts to. Far from being merely a curiosity of Heidegger scholarship, the place occupied by "metontology" opens onto a general issue concerning the relation between transcendental philosophy and metaphysics, and also between both of these and naturalistic empiricism. I pursue these issues in terms of an ambigui…Read more
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    Logische Untersuchungen Ergänzungsband Erster Teil: Entwürfe zur Umarbeitung der VI (review)
    Review of Metaphysics 57 (2): 413-414. 2003.
    By the summer of 1913, Husserl had already completed revisions of the Prolegomena to Pure Logic and the first five Investigations for a new edition of his Logical Investigations. The intervening years had seen considerable development in Husserl’s thought, so he attempted to compromise between a merely mechanical reproduction of the original edition and a complete rewriting from the newly attained standpoint of his transcendental phenomenology. The compromise worked fairly well until Husserl cam…Read more
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    Husserl, Derrida, and the Phenenology of Expression
    Philosophy Today 40 (1): 61-70. 1996.
    This article examines the presuppositions underlying Derrida's criticisms of Husserl's theory of expression, and philosophy of language generally. I argue that Derrida's claim that indication (and so the sign-function) is present at the heart of phenomenological "expression" is based on an unwarranted substitution of a Hegelian structure of reflection for Husserl's own phenomenological concept of reflection and evidence. I then criticize a different sort of unclarity in Husserl's analysis of the…Read more
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    Heidegger’s These vom Ende der Philosophie (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 24 (3): 141-142. 1992.
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    Nietzsche’s View of Truth
    International Studies in Philosophy 19 (2): 3-18. 1987.
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    Nietzsche: Naturalism and Interpretation (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 35 (2): 135-136. 2003.
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    The Poetics of Resistance: Heidegger’s Line (review)
    International Studies in Philosophy 33 (4): 138-140. 2001.
  • Winner of 2002 Edward Goodwin Ballard Prize In a penetrating and lucid discussion of the enigmatic relationship between the work of Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger, Steven Galt Crowell proposes that the distinguishing feature of twentieth-century philosophy is not so much its emphasis on language as its concern with meaning. Arguing that transcendental phenomenology is indispensable to the philosophical explanation of the space of meaning, Crowell shows how a proper understanding of both Hus…Read more
  • Merold Westphal: "God, Guilt and Death" (review)
    The Thomist 51 (3): 545. 1987.
  • Calvin O. Schrag, Communicative Praxis and the Space of Subjectivity (review)
    Philosophy in Review 7 326-328. 1987.
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    The claim to truth has been common to both positive science and philosophy. But at present there is no consensus concerning what this claim to truth can mean for philosophical inquiry. Can a given philosophical position be regarded as true or false? Is it still possible to say that philosophical inquiry aims at truth at all? I argue that philosophy must be seen as oriented toward the disclosure of truth if it is to retain that critical dimension in which alone constructive disagreement is possib…Read more
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    Terms of Continental Philosophy
    with Margaret A. Simons and Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
    Depaul University, Philosophy Dept. 2002.