Subjectivity and Lifeworld in Transcendental Phenomenology


Subjectivity and Lifeworld in Transcendental Phenomenology



The purpose of Sebastian Luft's book is threefold: first, to contribute to the renaissance of Husserl interpretation inspired by the continuing publi­cation of Husserl's works, mainly his unpublished manuscripts; second, to account for the historical origins and influence of the phenomenological project by articulating Husserl's relationship to authors before and after him; and finally, to argue for the continuing viability of the transcendental-phenomenological project, as conceived by Husserl in his later years, for contemporary thought. In this last regard, Luft shows that Husserlian phenomenology is not exhausted in the Cartesian, or early, perspective, which is indeed its weakest and most vulnerable presentation.



Publication Date



Northwestern University Press


Evanston, IL


Subjectivity, Phenomonology, Hermeneutics




Table of Contents

Part 1. Husserl: the outlines of the transcendental-phenomenological system

1. Husserl's phenomenological discovery of the natural attitude

2. Husserl's theory of the phenomenological reduction: between lifeworld and Cartesianism

3. Some methodological problems arising in Husserl's late reflections on the phenomenological reduction

4. Facticity and historicity as constituents of the lifeworld in Husserl's late philosophy

5. Husserl's concept of the "transcendental person": another look at the Husserl-Heidegger relationship

6. Dialectics of the absolute: the systematics of the phenomenological system in Husserl's last period

Part 2. Husserl, Kant, and neo-Kantianism: from subjectivity to lifeworld as a world of culture

7. From being to givenness and back: some remarks on the meaning of transcendental idealism in Kant and Husserl

8. Reconstruction and reduction: Natorp and Husserl on method and the question of subjectivity

9. A hermeneutic phenomenology of subjective and objective spirit: Husserl, Natorp, and Cassirer

10. Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms: between reason and relativism: a critical appraisal

Part 3. Toward a Husserlian hermeneutics

11. The subjectivity of effective history and the suppressed husserlian elements in Gadamer's hermeneutics

12. Husserl's "hermeneutical phenomenology" as a philosophy of culture

Subjectivity and Lifeworld in Transcendental Phenomenology