Language, the Reductions, and "Immanence" SUZANNE CUNNINGHAM Language and the Phenomenological Reductions of Edmund Husserl. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1976 In Language and the Phenomenological Reductions of Edmund Husserl,' Suzanne Cunningham presents a detailed analysis of Husserl's method of reduction, considered as three distinct rcductions-the phenomenological, transcendental, and eidetic. The general theme of this analysis is the importance of Husserl's failure to consider the significance of language use by the subject who performs these reduc- tions. I agree that Husserl erred in placing linguistic communication out of consideration under the strictures of the method of reduction. However, I want to take issue here with Cunningham's general conclu- sion : " ... while Husserl was able to eliminate certain of Descartes' presuppositions by using the reductions, he incorporated others which not only vitiate his conclusions but also destroy his very method." (p. 13) This conclusion, I contend, is not an inevitable consequence of Husserl's incomplete analysis. I suggest that it follows instead from Cun- ningham's understanding of Husserl's notion of immanence, combined with an ontological interpretation of the reductions. Without these aspects of Cunningham's analysis, an investigation of just those aspects of subjectivity which Husserl neglected will take us
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Published: Jan 1, 1979
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