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Phenomenology 2005

Volume 5, Issue Part 1, 2007

Selected Essays from North America Part 1

James Dodd
Pages 249-269

The Problem of Givenness in Husserl’s Phenomenology

What is the problem of givenness in Husserl’s phenomenology? This essay seeks to answer this question by developing the problem in terms of both static and genetic phenomenological analysis. Together, both dimensions of analysis lead to the importance of the question of time and temporality for phenomenology: the problem of givenness is the problem of time. It is suggested that Husserl’s approach to these questions is both rich and subtle enough to meet the objections of those who would argue that his phenomenology is unable to handle problems of being, intersubjectivity, and individuation.