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The Ghost of Perception

The Ghost of Perception 185 The Ghost of Perception MAURICE NATANSON Yale University "The Human mind is a faculty of dreaming awake, and its dreams are kept relevant to its environment and to its fate only by the external, control exercised over them by Punish- ment, when the accompanying conduct brings ruin, or by Agreement, when it brings prosperity. " - George Santayana If the "linguacentric predicament" is true of Husserl's phenomenology, then it would appear that presentations, discussions, accounts and, indeed, all references to phenomenology must be made from the standpoint of the natural attitude, whether or not the reference is that of a phenomenologist. What does the language of the transcendental phe- nomenologist look like when he is engaged in actual phenomenology- when the phenomenologist is not outlining his program but carrying it out? Through Fink's formulation of the paradoxes of phenomenology, Husserl has recognized that it is a rather odd thing for someone in the phenomenologically reduced sphere to communicate his findings to someone in the natural attitude of ordinary life. Does the paradox go deeper? Is the necessity for using a natural language in reporting phenomenological work an inescapable liability which is built into the very procedure of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

The Ghost of Perception

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 12 (1): 185 – Jan 1, 1982

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© 1982 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916482X00125
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185 The Ghost of Perception MAURICE NATANSON Yale University "The Human mind is a faculty of dreaming awake, and its dreams are kept relevant to its environment and to its fate only by the external, control exercised over them by Punish- ment, when the accompanying conduct brings ruin, or by Agreement, when it brings prosperity. " - George Santayana If the "linguacentric predicament" is true of Husserl's phenomenology, then it would appear that presentations, discussions, accounts and, indeed, all references to phenomenology must be made from the standpoint of the natural attitude, whether or not the reference is that of a phenomenologist. What does the language of the transcendental phe- nomenologist look like when he is engaged in actual phenomenology- when the phenomenologist is not outlining his program but carrying it out? Through Fink's formulation of the paradoxes of phenomenology, Husserl has recognized that it is a rather odd thing for someone in the phenomenologically reduced sphere to communicate his findings to someone in the natural attitude of ordinary life. Does the paradox go deeper? Is the necessity for using a natural language in reporting phenomenological work an inescapable liability which is built into the very procedure of

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1982

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