Der 16. Weltkongress für Philosophie

Volume 3, 1983

Sektions-Vorträge II - Résumés des sections II - Section Papers II

David Carr
Pages 127-131

Relativist Themes in Phenomenology

The view that cognition is relative to changeable "conceptual frameworks" is wide-spread among philosophers and scientists. Husserl is well known for his early attack on relativism of this sort, yet most people consider later figures in the phenomenological tradition (Heidegger, Gadamer, Merleau-Ponty) to accept some Version of this form of relativism. In this paper, I try to show that certain themes and concepts central even to Husserl's earliest work lay the basis for accepting the relativist view. These themes and concepts are (1) the object as intended, (2) the search for the given, and (3) consciousness as temporal Gestalt.