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By Edmund Husserl, Dorion Cairns

Translated by means of Dorion Cairns.

The "Cartesian Meditations" translation relies totally on the published textual content, edited via Professor S. Strasser and released within the first quantity of Husserliana: Cartesianische Meditationen und Pariser Vorträge, ISBN 90-247-0214-3. so much of Husserl's emendations, as given within the Appendix to that quantity, were handled as though they have been a part of the textual content. The others were translated in footnotes.

Secondary attention has been given to a typescript (cited as "Typescript C") on which Husserl wrote in 1933: "Cartes. Meditationen / Originaltext 1929 / E. Husserl / für Dorion Cairns". Its use of emphasis and citation marks conforms extra heavily to Husserl’s perform, as exemplified in works released in the course of his lifetime. during this admire the interpretation often follows Typescript C. in addition, the various version readings n this typescript are most appropriate and feature been used because the foundation for the interpretation. the place that's the case, the printed textual content is given or translated in a foornote.

the broadcast textual content and Typescript C were in comparison with the French translation by means of Gabrielle Pfeiffer and Emmanuel Levinas (Paris, Armand Collin, 1931). using emphasis and citation marks within the French translation corresponds extra heavily to that during Typescript C than to that during the printed textual content. usually, the place the wording of the printed textual content and that of Typescript C fluctuate, the French translation exhibits that it was once in accordance with a textual content that corresponded extra heavily to 1 or the opposite – frequently to Typescript C. In such circumstances the French translation has been quoted or brought up in a foornote.

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30 If McDowell’s entire project aims at establishing a “minimal empiricism,” which begins with the intelligibility of empirical content, that is, the engagement of concepts in receptivity, and climaxes in knowledge of the empirical world, then perception must be seen as en route toward judgments about the empirical world. McDowell conceives a continuum between such judgments and the experiences that “contain a claim,” whose content is what would be judged in the corresponding judgment. ”31 Furthermore, if experiences are to have a rational bearing on empirical judgment and provide reasons for it, they would be unable to fill this reason-constituting role if they were devoid of conceptual content and so outside the reach of rational inquiry.

The perceiver proceeds intelligently because she understands that her belief commits her to future consequences) for that given in perceptual experience. It would also seem that the scorekeeping model of perception generates an infinite regress of scorekeepers, undermining all empirical content, unless one equips scorekeepers with a responder capacity that allows for a direct engagement with the world that cannot just be affirmed but must be analyzed, as McDowell does, to establish that, and how, empirical content is intelligible from the start.

Such an affirmation is not “rationally naked,”17 but rather one feels well equipped with a reason to state what it is because that is how it looks. 18 On the charge of individualism, McDowell resists Brandom’s diagnosis in the first place, since the other alternatives for providing rational constraint do not adequately provide it. McDowell further contrasts his position with Brandom’s on the role of intersubjectivity in epistemology (a point we will take up in chapter 4), and he insists that Brandom’s view, with its intersubjective structures, still fails to engage directly perceptual objects and therefore to make empirical content intelligible.

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