From Phenomenology to Formal Ontology: How Barry Smith and Kevin Mulligan Made Husserl’s Descriptive Psychology into a Form of Realism

Archivio Di Filosofia 83 (3):177-188 (2015)
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In this paper I will discuss Barry Smith’s and Kevin Mulligan’s revision of Husserl’s phenomenology, starting from the fact that many Italian scholars seem to follow them in a sense, by dealing with phenomenology as a sort of a priori ontology. Therefore, I will first reconstruct Smith’s and Mulligan’s attempt and its objectives, then I will show how it is rooted in the school of Brentano and, in particular, in Husserl’s phenomenology. Finally, I will provide some arguments against this attempt : first of all that it does not attain a better description of the world, secondly that phenomenology does the job of formal ontology better than the latter.



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Marco Tedeschini
Università degli Studi "Tor Vergata" (Roma)

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