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    The Meaning of Life Between Time and Eternity.Angela Ales Bello & Antonio Calcagno - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):4-16.
    This paper explores the question of the meaning of life, not only from the perspective of its temporal unfolding from birth to death but also from the perspective of its own particular meaning and its final cause, to use Aristotelian categories. In order to discuss this argument I refer myself to Edith Stein to show how crucial moments of her own life give rise to important and de????ining philosophical positions that touch upon questions of personal identity, social and communal relations, (...)
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    Introduction: Edith Stein’s Rethinking of Phenomenology.Antonio Calcagno - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):1-3.
    Edith Stein came to phenomenology after beginning her university studies in psychology. She struggled with the inability of psychology to justify and delineate its founding principles. She found in Edmund Husserl, though his sustained criticisms of psychologism, the possibility of a phenomenological ground for psychology. This article demonstrates how Stein, drawing from but also distancing herself from Husserl, justifies the possibility of a phenomenological psychology framed within a personalist structure of subjectivity and sociality.
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  3. Streichen Wir Das Bewußtsein, so Streichen Wir Die Welt.Daniele De Santis - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):31-47.
    This paper presents a systematic discussion of Edith Stein’s critical understanding of Husserl’s transcendental-phenomenological idealism. After a brief explanation of the way in which, according to Stein, Husserl’s idealism should be framed, this paper offers an evaluation of her criticism with a special focus on her Introduction to Philosophy lectures of 1920. I argue that if, ultimately, Stein’s rejection of Husserl’s idealism in the text in question is deemed unsuccessful, we must examine the premises on which her own per-spective on (...)
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    Authentic Freedom and Happiness.Nicoletta Ghigi & Antonio Calcagno - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):67-74.
    This article seeks to advance a way of being in the world of the hu-man person that encompasses both the truest sense of freedom of choice and its result, namely, happiness. Starting from the proposal of a relational ethics in Stein I intend to show how, in the authentic relationship through Einfühlung, it is possible to arrive at the “revelation” of what is deeper in ourselves, i.e., the personal core that characterizes us as unique and unrepeatable entities. The growth and (...)
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    We Still Do Not Know What a Body Can Do.Kyle Novak - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):75-97.
    Throughout much of his career, Deleuze repeats a problem he attributes to Spinoza: “we do not even know what a body can do.” The problem is closely associated with Deleuze’s parallelist reading of Spinoza and what he calls ethology. In this article, I argue that Deleuze takes ethology to be a new model for philosophy which he intends to replace ontology. I ground my claim in Deleuze’s sugges-tion that Spinoza offers philosophers the means of “thinking with AND” rather than “thinking (...)
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  6. Is Edith Stein’s Finite and Eternal Being a Kind of “Phenomenological Metaphysics”?Sarah Borden Sharkey - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):48-66.
    One striking feature of Finite and Eternal Being is Edith Stein’s exceedingly rare use of the term “metaphysics.” She uses the term “formal ontology” numerous times, but the term “metaphysics” only appears a handful of times in the body of the text, and even those references are themselves a bit surprising. This could be explained in several ways, some of which may be quite innocent and have nothing to do with whether she understands her project as metaphysical. In the following, (...)
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  7. Cosmologie et création ex nihilo chez Cornelius Castoriadis.Thibault Tranchant - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):98-124.
    L’un des gestes distinctifs de Cornelius Castoriadis fut de rapporter l’histoire de la philosophie à un concept de création « ex nihilo », qu’il définissait comme surgissement immotivé et irréductible de nouvelles déterminations formelles de l’être dans le temps. Cet article s’intéresse à la signification d’un tel parti pris pour l’instruction de la question cosmologique, entendue comme enquête sur les principes et le devenir de la totalité de l’être. L’auteur montre dans un premier temps comment Castoriadis a justifié sa position (...)
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  8. Phenomenology as Metaphysics.Ioannis Trisokkas - 2021 - Symposium 25 (2):125-154.
    The article reflects on Heidegger’s “metaphysical” interpretation of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit. This interpretation is driven by two theses Heidegger holds: that the Phenomenology is a necessary part of Hegel’s “system of science” and that the Phenomenology is metaphysics. These two theses contrast with Houlgate’s “epistemological” interpretation, which claims that the Phenomenology is not a necessary part of Hegel’s system of science and that it is not metaphysics. The article shows that while Heidegger has an argument that establishes, contra Houlgate, (...)
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    Les damnés du nomos de la terre. Carl Schmitt face à Lénine et le scandale de l’internationalisme.Norman Ajari - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):160-179.
    Cet article retrace les références au léninisme qui traversent la philosophie politique de Carl Schmitt. S’il mobilise plusieurs penseurs marxistes, Lénine est à la fois celui pour lequel il témoigne le plus d’intérêt et celui qu’il condamne le plus radicalement. Admiré pour sa notion de dictature du prolétariat, craint pour sa conception de l’ennemi, c’est finalement son internationalisme radical et sa potentielle adoption par les peuples colonisés qui constituent le scandale de la pensée de Lénine. Ce faisant, la critique de (...)
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    Phenomenology and the Ethics of Love.Ellie Anderson - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):83-109.
    Phenomenologists have long viewed love as a central form of inter-subjective engagement. I show here that it is also of concern to phenomenological ethics. After establishing the relation of phenomenology to ethics, I show that both classical and existential phenomenology view love as an act of valuing the loved one. I argue that a second act of valuing is latent in phenomenology: valuing the relationship. These values are evident in the phenomenological distinction between true love, which generates a “perspective in (...)
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    Sur l’épuisement subjectif comme problème féministe.Marie-Anne Casselot - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):110-134.
    Dans cet article, je soutiens que l’épuisement subjectif fragilise l’individualité dans l’exécution des actes intentionnels de douter, se soucier, planifier et finalement se protéger. Ces quatre actes intentionnels sont intersubjectifs puisqu’ils sont orientés vers autrui et illustrent une relationnalité imposée. L’épuisement subjectif est relatif aux individus et il affecte la subjectivité parce qu’il empêche l’individu d’entreprendre des projets existentiels individuels. Cette relationnalité imposée et toujours orientée vers autrui affaiblit l’intentionnalité d’une personne et fragilise son individualité. Une description phénoménologique révèle ces (...)
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    Quelle(s) phénoménologie(s) pour l’éthique?Marie-Hélène Desmeules - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):60-82.
    L’apport de la phénoménologie allemande à l’éthique a souvent été réduit aux intentionnalités et aux vécus axiologiques et affectifs, tels qu’ils furent décrits par Husserl. Or, cet apport est limité du fait que Husserl définissait d’abord l’intentionnalité comme un rapport à un objet dont nous sommes conscients. Dans ce qui suit, nous proposons d’emprunter une autre voie pour penser l’apport de la phénoménologie à l’éthique, en étudiant la phénoménologie des actes sociaux que les phénoménologues munichois développèrent en réponse à la (...)
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    The Real Effects of Rationality.Alex J. Feldman - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):135-159.
    Two critical reviews of Discipline and Punish inspired an exchange between Foucault and some prominent historians in 1978. In the texts from this exchange, Foucault addresses their criticism that, by focusing on unrealized plans and programs, such as Bentham’s Panopticon, his book lacks a sense of historical reality. Foucault replies, first, that the true aim of his book is to explore the emergence of a new type of penal rationality, not to insist that the Panopticon itself has been realized. Second, (...)
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    Introduction.Donald A. Landes - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):1-18.
    As a descriptive philosophy, it might seem that the ethical nowhere has its place in phenomenology. And yet, phenomenology is every-where shot through with normative concerns. This section includes articles from the 2018 conference Toward a Phenomenological Ethics, where two themes emerged regarding the elusive place of the ethical in phenomenology: first, research demonstrates that early phenomenology was indeed oriented by the ethical; second, Critical Phenomenology examines ethical questions in terms of intersubjectivity and oppression. In this introduction, I suggest that (...)
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    Love and the Shadow of Sacrifice: Husserl at the Limits of Relational Ethics.Rawb Leon-Carlyle - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):39-59.
    In this article, I foreground the role of relationality in Husserl’s later reflections on ethics and self-constitution, with a particular interest in Husserl’s account of sacrifice. I exposit how Husserl’s account of self-constitution and the conflict of absolute values between competing vocations offers a solution to Brentano’s rendering of the obligation to “choose the best among the ends attainable.” I explore the numerous instances in which Husserl uses the parent-child relation to illustrate the absolute value of our relation to an (...)
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  16. Points, Plasticity, and the Logic of Contraction in Alain Badiou and Catherine Malabou.Kimberly Matheson - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):180-204.
    This article presents Catherine Malabou and Alain Badiou as theorists of contraction and its related operations of self-reflexivity and infinite iteration. Trading on these commonalities, the article hopes to draw out Malabou’s and Badiou’s respective formalist commitments. On Badiou’s side, it sharpens the question of what is at stake in something as regulated as a “procedure”; on Malabou’s, it recognizes formal stakes to plasticity that often go unrecognized because of her penchant for biology. The article then concludes with a broad (...)
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    L’Éthique Ultime de Husserl. De L’Auto-Méditation À L’Autoresponsabilité.Laurent Perreau - 2021 - Symposium 25 (1):19-38.
    Les écrits du dernier Husserl développent une théorie du monde de la vie qui s’expose dans la Krisis de 1936 et dans les nombreux textes inédits qui lui font cortège. Si cette théorie du monde de la vie ne se présente pas, à première vue, comme une éthique ou une théorie de l’éthique, elle demeure marquée par une préoccupation éthique qui scelle l’unité des analyses husserliennes. Dans cet article, on cherchera à préciser les contours et la portée de cette ultime (...)
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