On Edmund Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations.

This was originally written as a one-page homework paper in partial fulfillment to the requirements of PHIL 2153.


As Husserl wrote in the Cartesian Meditations, “. . . As beginning philosophers we must not let ourselves be frightened by such considerations. Perhaps reduction to the transcendental ego only seems to entail a permanently solipsistic science; whereas the consequential elaboration of this science, in accordance with its own sense, leads over to a phenomenology of transcendental intersubjectivity and, by means of this, to a universal transcendental philosophy. As a matter of fact, we shall see that, in a certain manner, a transcendental solipsism is only a subordinate stage philosophy; though as such, it must first be delimited for purposes of method, in order that the problems of transcendental intersubjectivity, as problems belonging to a higher level, may be correctly stated and attacked. . . .” both issues of (1) ‘the charge of solipsism,’ and (2) ‘the promotion of subjectivity’ may be considered as sufficiently attended to.

He points here emphatically that which he was putting up was precisely a method, an approach which could yield to the eventful philosophical results/outcome. Otherwise put, Husserl other than spoon feeds us with the ultimate answers, rather provides for the manner by which problems may first and foremost be correctly stated and attacked (to this it may be added, ‘correctly stated and attacked: with a sort of mathematical rigor). In this light, therefore, an enrichment to philosophy may be said to have been achieved; namely, a kind of edification of its attitude hinged on a species akin to that of a Cartesian reduction, not conclusive solipsism.

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