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By James L. Marsh

Even if this booklet derives its thought and version from Descartes' Meditations and Husserl's Cartesian Meditations, it makes an attempt to beat Cartesianism conceived as individualistic, reflective, apodictic, presuppositionless self-recovery. as an alternative, contends Professor Marsh, the remoted, individualistic, brougeois ego offers solution to the social, communal, post-bourgeois self: wordly, linguistic, historic, useful, and demanding. The publication makes an attempt to beat Cartesianism either in content material and in shape. In content material, Marsh argues, the social self replaces the remoted ego; this he makes an attempt to set up via a sequence of chapters gradually increasing their scope and social context. starting with an emphasis on person belief, inspiration, and freedom, and relocating via reflections on wisdom of the opposite, functional engagments with the opposite, and hermeneutics, he concludes with reviews of the mental and social subconscious. the result's no longer a rejection of person notion, mirrored image, and freedom, yet their sublation inside of neighborhood, culture, and heritage. For Marsh the real person is the social person, the individual-in-community. This booklet not just inscribes a steadily increasing circle, but additionally strikes in a circle. It starts with a mirrored image at the modern adventure of alientation and background of philosophy, ascends within the subsequent a number of chapters to contemplating the perceptual, cognitive, unfastened, social self, after which descends within the final bankruptcy to extra dialogue of this historic beginning issues during this useful and philosophical facets. Dialectical phenomenology as procedure bends again on itself to mirror in a fashion either serious and redemptive by itself start line and genesis. Post-Cartesian Meditations evidently situates itself withing the modernism/post-modernism debate being carried on by way of Ricoeur and Derrida, Habermas and Foucault, Searle and Rorty, Bernstein and Caputo. Like post-modernism, the publication is necessary of naive Cartesian presence, the excesses of technological rationality, the pathology of modernity, the irrationality of bourgeois society. not like post-modernism, even if, the booklet argues for a socially mediated self, the legitimacy of know-how not like technocracy, the serious redemption of modernity, a dialectical instead of a rejectionistic overcoming of capitalism. wealthy in perception, recommendation, and argumentation, this booklet has a lot to supply scholars and teachers of philosophy more often than not, yet can be rather beneficial to these attracted to phenomenological advancements, or a Marxist critique of capitalism as a lifestyle influencing glossy philosophical thought.

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