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

Imagination, Self and Other: On Egological Intersubjectivity

Imagination, Self and Other: On Egological Intersubjectivity

Imagination, self and other: On egological intersubjectivity

The concept of radical intersubjectivity which was discussed in the previous chapter relies strongly upon an account of the social structuration of experience and action. I referred, for example, to acquired perceptual schemas, to the cultural shaping of ‘natural’ expressions and behaviours and to the grounding of thought and reflection in the (shared) institution of language. This raises an important question concerning the intersubjective orientation of the under-socialised being, the infant. Are infants always already other-oriented or is that orientation itself a result of socialisation? If the latter, what characterises pre-intersubjective subjectivity and how can it be made intersubjective? This is the first key cluster of questions for the current chapter. Reviewing ...

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