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Husserl is without doubt one of the most crucial philosophers of the 20th century and his contribution to the phenomenology move is commonly known. The Cartesian Meditations is his most famed, and most generally studied paintings. The ebook introduces and assesses: Husserl's existence and history to the Cartesian Meditations, the tips and textual content of the Cartesian Meditations and the continued imporance of Husserl's paintings to Philosophy.

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Failing that, the reality of the objects of your experience is indubitable. Even when the reality of a particular object is questioned - perhaps even rejected: it was mere illusion, or downright hallucination - it is so only against the background of a continuing certainty concerning the reality of the world in general. In practice, all such ‘cancellings’ are local. The book may be put down to a mere delusive ‘appearance’ when your hand goes through it or when it tracks your gaze, but only in contrast to the reality of your hand, of the rest of your visual surroundings, indeed of the rest of the world.

In attempting to doubt something, indeed in attempting to determine the ‘validity’, the epistemological worth, of anything in any degree, you must in a certain way hold the presumed state of affairs ‘in abeyance’, regard it as being ‘in question’. For if belief in its existence wholly ruled your reflections, these would make no sense. This reference to the level of reflection is what is critical for understanding the First Meditation. For although our natural experiencing of the world is not under our control, our possible reflections upon it are.

Even without the resultant disappointment of the subsequent meditations, the above construal of the first is intrinsically puzzling. For the above is what you get, more or less, in Descartes himself. So what is supposed to be so radically new here? Where is Husserl’s supposedly epoch-making discovery of phenomenology? For this is not to be found in the later meditations. They rather explore the breadth and depths of the field of pure consciousness; whereas it is the discovery of the field itself, as the sole philosophical domain, that inaugurates transcendental phenomenology.

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