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    This paper argues that transcendental phenomenology (here represented by Edmund Husserl) can accommodate the main thesis of semantic externalism, namely, that intentional content is not simply a matter of what is ‘in the head,’ but depends on how the world is. I first introduce the semantic problem as an issue of how linguistic tokens or mental states can have ‘content’—that is, how they can set up conditions of satisfaction or be responsive to norms such that they can succeed or fail at referri…Read more
  •  199
    Metaphysics, metontology, and the end of being and time
    Philosophy 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
  •  122
    Measure-taking: meaning and normativity in Heidegger’s philosophy (review)
    Continental Philosophy Review 41 (3): 261-276. 2008.
    Following Marc Richir and others, László Tengelyi has recently developed the idea of Sinnereignis (meaning-event) as a way of capturing the emergence of meaning that does not flow from some prior project or constitutive act. As such, it might seem to pose something of a challenge to phenomenology: the paradox of an experience that is mine without being my accomplishment. This article offers a different sort of interpretation of meaning-events, claiming that in their structure they always involve…Read more
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    Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2008.
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    Subjectivity: Locating the first-person in being and time
    Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 44 (4). 2001.
    It is often held that, in contrast to Husserl, Heidegger's account of intentionality makes no essential reference to the first- person stance. This paper argues, on the contrary, that an account of the first- person, or 'subjectivity', is crucial to Heidegger's account of intelligibility and so of the intentionality, or 'aboutness' of our acts and thoughts, that rests upon it. It first offers an argument as to why the account of intelligibility in Division I of Being and Time, based on a form of…Read more
  •  75
    Why is Ethics First Philosophy? Levinas in Phenomenological Context
    European Journal of Philosophy 20 (4): 564-588. 2012.
    This paper explores, from a phenomenological perspective, the conditions necessary for the possession of intentional content, i.e., for being intentionally directed toward the world. It argues that Levinas's concept of ethics as first philosophy makes an important contribution to this task. Intentional directedness, as understood here, is normatively structured. Levinas's ‘ethics’ can be understood as a phenomenological account of how our experience of the other subject as another subject takes …Read more
  •  73
    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
  •  61
    Transcendental philosophy has traditionally sought to provide non-contingent grounds for certain aspects of cognitive, moral, and social life. Further, it has made a claim to being 'ultimately' grounded in the sense that its account of experience should provide a non-dogmatic account of its own possibility. Most current approaches to transcendental philosophy seek to do justice to these twin aspects of the project by making an 'intersubjective turn', taking the structure of dialogue or social pr…Read more
  •  57
    The Last Best Hope Content Type Journal Article Pages 1-14 DOI 10.1007/s11007-012-9221-1 Authors Steven Crowell, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA Journal Continental Philosophy Review Online ISSN 1573-1103 Print ISSN 1387-2842.
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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
  •  51
    Is Transcendental Topology Phenomenological?
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19 (2). 2011.
    International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Volume 19, Issue 2, Page 267-276, May 2011
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    Spectral history: Narrative, nostalgia, and the time of the I
    Research in Phenomenology 29 (1): 83-104. 1999.
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    Phenomenology, Meaning, and Measure
    Philosophy Today 60 (1): 237-252. 2016.
    This paper responds to comments by Maxime Doyon and Thomas Sheehan on aspects of my book, Normativity and Phenomenology in Husserl and Heidegger. Among the topics discussed are the relations between phenomenology and analytic philosophy, the difference between a Brentanian and an Husserlian approach to intentional content, the normative structure of the intentional content of noetic states such as thinking and imagining, the implications of taking a phenomenological approach to Heidegger’s conce…Read more
  •  46
    Gnostic Phenomenology: Eugen Fink and the Critique of Transcendental Reason
    New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 1 257-277. 2001.
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    Taking Maurice Natanson's posthumously published book, The Erotic Bird: Phenomenology in Literature, as its point of departure, the essay argues that "fictive reality" is the specific content of transcendental-phenomenological reflection. Elaborating this concept allows us to see how phenomenological concepts such as constitution, horizon, and the "transcendental" have a tropological, rather than a psychological, meaning. Specifically, the article considers the metonymical structure of reality's…Read more
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    Nietzsche’s View of Truth
    International Studies in Philosophy 19 (2): 3-18. 1987.
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    Neighbors in death
    Research in Phenomenology 27 (1): 208-223. 1997.
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    Husserl’s existentialism: ideality, traditions, and the historical apriori
    Continental Philosophy Review 49 (1): 67-83. 2016.
    Husserl’s concept of an “historical apriori” is marked by a tension: It simultaneously departs from, and develops his long-standing commitment to philosophy as transcendental phenomenology. This paper looks at some reasons for this tension in the context of Husserl’s attempt to determine philosophy as a “tradition” in The Origin of Geometry. Husserl is convinced that philosophy is a scientific tradition, and the historical apriori serves in the analysis of the conditions that define a distinctiv…Read more
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    Transcendental Heidegger (edited book)
    with Jeff Malpas
    Stanford University Press. 2007.
    The thirteen essays in this volume represent the most sustained investigation, in any language, of the connections between Heidegger's thought and the tradition of transcendental philosophy inaugurated by Kant. This collection examines Heidegger's stand on central themes of transcendental philosophy: subjectivity, judgment, intentionality, truth, practice, and idealism. Several essays in the volume also explore hitherto hidden connections between Heidegger's later "post-metaphysical" thinking—wh…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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    Retrieving Husserl’s Phenomenology: Hopkins on Philosophy’s Last Stand
    New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy 11 297-311. 2011.
    Burt Hopkins provides a reading of the development of Husserl’s phenomenology, framing it with an account of its relation to Platonic and Aristotelian theories of unity-in-multiplicity, on the one hand, and the criticisms of Husserl found in Heidegger and Derrida, on the other. Here I introduce a further approach to the problem of unity-in-multiplicity – one based on normative ideality, drawing on Plato’s Idea of the Good -- and investigate three crucial aspects of phenomenological philosophy as…Read more