This clearly written and broad-ranging text introduces and explains the notion of intersubjectivity as a central concern of philosophy, sociology, psychology and politics. The main purpose of the book is to provide a coherent framework for this important concept against which the various and contrasting debates can be more clearly understood. Beyond this, Nick Crossley provides a critical discussion of intersubjectivity as an interdisciplinary concept to shed light on our understanding of selfhood, communication, citizenship, power and community. The author traces the contributions of many key thinkers engaged within the intersubjectivist tradition, including Husserl, Buber, Koj[gr]eve, Merleau-Ponty, Mead, Wittgenstein, Sc

Dimensions of Intersubjectivity

Dimensions of intersubjectivity

The concept of intersubjectivity is multilayered. In this chapter I unpack some of these layers through a discussion of three important philosophical analyses of intersubjectivity: Husserl's (1991) Cartesian Meditations, Buber's (1958) I and Thou and the analysis of the ‘struggle for recognition’ in Kojève's (1969) Introduction to the Reading of Hegel. None of these analyses provide an adequate account of intersubjectivity and their respective limitations are not overcome by a synthesis of the three. It is important to discuss them as a preliminary step in our investigation for three reasons, however. Firstly, they each argue persuasively for the importance of the concept of intersubjectivity. Secondly, they each provide a (different) map of the conceptual terrain of intersubjectivity, which together provide ...

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