Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Cartesian Meditations / Edmund Husserl
Husserl's Cartesian Meditations took me back to my earliest experiences with philosophy when I wrestled with Descartes's first meditation and the problem of solipsism. Starting with Descartes's challenge to found knowledge only on that which is beyond doubt, Husserl claims to lay the groundwork for any future science. The most interesting section of this work is the fifth meditation in which Husserl addresses the question of other persons. Establishing the fact of other persons, Husserl argues for the objectivity of an intersubjective world. My philosophical training did not lead me to phenomenology -- something I dearly regret.