Compatibility and tensions between transcendental idealism and common-sense realism — Husserl and McDowell

Comparative and Continental Philosophy 10 (1):88-99 (2018)
  Copy   BIBTEX


ABSTRACTThe guiding question of this comparative study is the relation between transcendental theory and common-sense realism: how to understand their compatibility, but also possible tensions between the two. This question concerns, in a broader sense, the relation between philosophy and natural life, or more precisely, what philosophy possibly can and cannot do for natural life. In the following discussion, I first introduce the idealism-realism controversy in Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology. I then move on to McDowell’s theory and look into a significant convergence between the two philosophies, namely, their insistence on the “unboundedness” of subjectivity, and I clarify how this shared viewpoint makes their proposals compatible with common-sense realism. In a third section, I elaborate the relation between a transcendental and a natural stance by turning to Husserl’s method of phenomenological reduction. In the end, by attending to the anti-naturalism of Husserl and McDowell, I wish to shed s...



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 86,554

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

É O idealismo de Husserl compatível com um realismo metafísico?Pedro Santos Alves - 2016 - Philósophos - Revista de Filosofia 21 (1):139-169.
Husserl's Transcendental Idealism.Alissa Branham - 2004 - Dissertation, University of Notre Dame
Husserl's Transcendental Idealism and the Problem of Solipsism.Rodney Parker - 2013 - Dissertation, University of Western Ontario
McDowell and idealism.Adrian Haddock - 2008 - Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 51 (1):79 – 96.
The Vagaries of Chiba's Idealism. [REVIEW]Henny Blomme - 2013 - Critique. A Philosophical Review Bulletin 12.


Added to PP

55 (#247,208)

6 months
8 (#128,978)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

Mind and World.John McDowell - 1994 - Philosophical and Phenomenological Research 58 (2):389-394.
Mind and World.John Mcdowell - 1996 - Philosophical Quarterly 46 (182):99-109.
Having the world in view: essays on Kant, Hegel, and Sellars.John McDowell - 2009 - Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press.

View all 26 references / Add more references