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

Subjectivity, Alterity and Between: On Radical Intersubjectivity

Subjectivity, Alterity and Between: On Radical Intersubjectivity

Subjectivity, alterity and between: On radical intersubjectivity

In this chapter I develop and further consider ‘radical intersubjectivity’ as defined and discussed in Chapter 1. This discussion will be based around four central claims. Firstly, that human subjectivity is not, in essence, a private ‘inner world’ which is divorced from the outer (material) world; that it consists in the worldy praxes of sensuous, embodied beings and that it is therefore public and intersubjective. Secondly, that subjectivity consists, in the first instance, in a pre-reflective opening out onto and engagement with alterity, rather than in an experience or objectification of it. Thirdly, that human action, particularly speech, necessarily assumes a socially instituted form and that this form is essential to its ...

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