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The Phenomenology of Time Revisited: Husserl and Merleau-Ponty

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Husserl's general name for this possibility is "transcendental subjectivity"; he introduces transcendental-phenomenological reduction as the corner-stone of the entire edifice of phenomenology. For Merleau-Ponty from the very start an extremely complicated relationship between the layers of constitution comes to light. It is by no means a question of hierarchic order defined by the relation of the founding and the founded, rather we encounter here a complicated intertwining or interlacing (entrelacs) of mutual transitions and transgressions, intersections and invasions. It follows that Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological analysis must inevitably move in a circle; starting from a phenomenon it must proceed to the non-phenomenal conditions of its possibility disclosing in this mere movement of explanation and interpretation that the explanans and the explanandum permanently trade places, that this circularity is inherent, perhaps, to the innermost structure of the phenomenological field.

Keywords: Husserl's general name; intersections; invasions; Merleau-Ponty; mutual transitions; phenomenological field; transcendental subjectivity; transgressions



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