By Marcus Brainard

Offering the 1st step by step remark on Husserl's principles I, Marcus Brainard's trust and Its Neutralization offers an advent not just to this crucial paintings, but in addition to the full of transcendental phenomenology. Brainard deals a transparent and energetic account of every key point in principles I, besides a unique examining of Husserl, one that may reason students to reassess many long-standing perspectives on his proposal, particularly at the position of trust, the impact and scope of the epoche, and the importance of the common neutrality amendment.

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It has its source in 12 Belief and its Neutralization the failure of philosophy: Despite the fact that since its “earliest beginnings philosophy has claimed to be rigorous science, and in fact the science that satisfies the highest theoretical needs and that enables, from an ethico-religious point of view, a life governed by pure rational norms” (289), despite the fact that philosophy has never given up this claim entirely, it was nevertheless “unable to satisfy the claim . . in any of the epochs of its development”—not in Greek antiquity, not in the modern era, and not in Husserl’s day.

They alone provide the sole hope: “Pure reflection, pure inner life, absorbing the problems into myself and being turned purely and only to them—that is the hope of my future. If I do not succeed in this, then I may only live a life that is much more a death. I still may hope. But the hour has sounded in which I must reach the decision. The mere ‘will’ as a single resolution is not sufficient. Needed is inner renewal or inner purification and firmness. ” But his resolve must be continually renewed: this is the critical or rigorous attitude that animates pure phenomenology.

The highest is the most radical (the root of everything). 146 This mutual reference and coincidence of a system’s extremes is in fact the expression of a still more fundamental common thread that runs through the bipolar systems employed or analyzed by Husserl, regardless of whether they are antipodal or founded. Namely, they are all intentional structures. ”147 These systems are intentional insofar as they are not only relational, but also directional: each side of a given system points in the direction of its opposite or counterpart as an essen- 26 Belief and its Neutralization tial possibility—such reference is the “special sense” in which each includes its opposite.

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