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James Kinkaid
Boston College
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    Phenomenology and the Stratification of Reality.James Kinkaid - 2020 - European Journal of Philosophy 28 (4):892-910.
    Phenomenologists have no taste for desert landscapes. The early phenomenologists—Edmund Husserl, Max Scheler, and Roman Ingarden—adopt stratified views of reality on which spiritual objects like artifacts and persons are distinct from their underlying matter. Call this view “pluralism.” After describing Scheler, Ingarden, and Husserl's pluralism about goods, literary artworks, and images, respectively, I reconstruct a phenomenological case for pluralism from Husserl's work and defend it against an objection. The phenomenological method reveals a special subset of objects' essential properties: modes of (...)
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    Phenomenology, Idealism, and the Legacy of Kant.James Kinkaid - 2019 - British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27 (3):593-614.
    Martin Heidegger closes his Winter Semester 1927–28 lectures by claiming that Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, read through the lens of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology, confirmed the accuracy of his philosophical path culminating in Being and Time. A notable interpretation of Heidegger’s debt to Kant, advanced by William Blattner, presents Heidegger as a temporal idealist. I argue that attention to Husserl’s adaptation of Kant’s critical philosophy shows that both Husserl and Heidegger are realists. I make my case by tracing a unified (...)
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    Phenomenology, Anti‐Realism, and the Knowability Paradox.James Kinkaid - forthcoming - European Journal of Philosophy.
    Husserl endorses ideal verificationism, the claim that there is a necessary correlation between truth and the ideal possibility of experience. This puts him in the company of semantic anti-realists like Dummett, Tennant, and Wright who endorse the knowability thesis that all truths are knowable. Unfortunately, there is a simple, seductive, and troubling argument due to Alonzo Church and Frederic Fitch that the knowability thesis collapses into the omniscience thesis that all truths are known. Phenomenologists should be worried. I assess the (...)
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    Hermeneutics in Heidegger’s Science of Being.James Kinkaid - 2022 - Southern Journal of Philosophy 60 (2):194-220.
    Heidegger calls his early philosophy a “science of being.” Being and Time combines phenomenological, ontological, hermeneutical, and existential themes in a way that is not obviously coherent. Commentators have worried in particular that Heidegger’s hermeneutical transformation of phenomenology is incompatible with his “scientific” aspirations. I outline three interpretations on which Heidegger cannot adopt Husserl’s “scientific” conception of phenomenology as eidetic, intuitive, propositionally articulated, and non‐relativistic due to his hermeneutical commitments. I argue that each of these readings rests on a misinterpretation (...)
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    What Would a Phenomenology of Logic Look Like?James Kinkaid - 2020 - Mind 129 (516):1009-1031.
    The phenomenological movement begins in the Prolegomena to Husserl’s Logical Investigations as a philosophy of logic. Despite this, remarkably little attention has been paid to Husserl’s arguments in the Prolegomena in the contemporary philosophy of logic. In particular, the literature spawned by Gilbert Harman’s work on the normative status of logic is almost silent on Husserl’s contribution to this topic. I begin by raising a worry for Husserl’s conception of ‘pure logic’ similar to Harman’s challenge to explain the connection between (...)
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    Review of Heidegger's Shadow: Kant, Husserl, and the Transcendental Turn by Chad Engelland. [REVIEW]James Kinkaid - 2019 - Phenomenological Reviews.
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    Phenomenology, Anti‐Realism, and the Knowability Paradox.James Kinkaid - forthcoming - Wiley: European Journal of Philosophy.
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