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(2002) One hundred years of phenomenology, Dordrecht, Kluwer.

Metaphysical neutrality in Logical investigations

Dan Zahavi

pp. 93-108

One of the striking features of Logical Investigations is its metaphysical neutrality. What are the implications of this neutrality? Should it be counted among the many virtues of the work, or rather mourned as a fateful shortcoming? In an article published in the beginning of the 1990s, I answered this question rather unequivocally.1 At that time I considered the neutrality in question to be highly problematic. In the meantime, however, I have had the pleasure of reading Jocelyn Benoist’s recent work Phénoménologie,sémantique, ontologie, where he argues for the opposite conclusion, criticizing my own interpretation in the process. In the light of this criticism, I would like to use this occasion to reconsider the question anew.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-0093-1_7

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Zahavi, D. (2002)., Metaphysical neutrality in Logical investigations, in D. Zahavi & F. Stjernfelt (eds.), One hundred years of phenomenology, Dordrecht, Kluwer, pp. 93-108.

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