Husserl and Davidson on the Social Origin of our Concept of Objectivity

In Thomas Szanto & Dermot Moran (eds.), Discovering the 'We': The Phenomenology of Sociality. Routledge (2016)
Cathal O'Madagain
École Normale Supérieure
Davidson and Husserl both arrived independently at a startling conclusion: that we need to interact with others in order to acquire the concept of objectivity, or to realize that the world we are in exists independently of us. Here I discuss both of their arguments, and argue that there are problems with each. However, I then I argue that each thinker provided us with one key insight that can be combined to provide a more compelling argument for the claim. Finally I discuss some recent work in developmental psychology that may lend support to the view that emerges.
Keywords Davidson  Husserl  Objectivity  Social Aspects of Rationality  Social Cognition  Propositional Attitudes  Intersubjectivity  Triangulation  Objectivity  Joint Attention
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