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AuthorLampert, Jay. author
TitleSynthesis and Backward Reference in Husserl's Logical Investigations [electronic resource] / by Jay Lampert
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1995
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Descript X, 222 p. online resource


In the sixth Logical Investigation, Husserl defines meaning, objectivity, and knowledge by appealing to "syntheses of fulfilment": each act of consciousยญ ness has a meaning-intention whereby it anticipates a range of fulfilling intuitions, whose ongoing synthesis would identify intended objects in the face of their changing appearances. Synthesis is essential to phenomenological description. But what does it mean to say that one experience is combined with others? This monograph is a speculative-exegetical Husserlian analysis of the ground, the mechanisms, and the results of synthesis. Focusing on Husserl's Logical Investigations, I argue that synthesizing consciousness must be a self-propelling, self-explicating system of interpretative acts driven by ongoing forward and backward references, grounding its structures as it proceeds, and positing its origins as that which must have been given "in advance". To this end, I develop a dialectical reading of Husserl's largely untreated category of "referring backward" (zurรผckweisen). Treatments of Husserl's concept of synthesis have tended to focus on Husserl's later work on passive synthesis. By drawing out the centrality of the concept of synthesis in the Logical Investigations, I show how synthesis is at the foundation of intentionality as such, and also indicate the continuity of descriptive categories that run through both the early and the late Husserl. The Introduction to this study schematizes the modem history of the concept of synthesis, and reviews the secondary literature on Husserl's concept of synthesis


1 LU i: Unity in Multiplicity: Meaning, Science, and the Fluctuation of Occasional Expressions -- 2 LU ii: The Unity of Species and the Multiplicity of Individuals. The Problem of Synthesis: The Grounding of Universality -- 3 LU iii: The Theory of Parts and Wholes: The Dynamic of Individuating and Contextualizing Interpretation -- 4 LU iv: Syncategorematic Terms. The Problem of Representing the Synthetic Connections that Underlie Meanings -- 5 LU v: Names Refer Back to Judgments and Judgments Refer Back to Names. The Problem of Synthesis: Referring Back to Simples -- 6 LU vi: Five Elements in Husserl's Account of the Synthesis of Epistemic Fulfilment -- Conclusion

Philosophy Epistemology Modern philosophy Phenomenology Philosophy Phenomenology Epistemology Modern Philosophy


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