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  1. The other as Alter ego: A genetic approach.Gail Soffer - 1998 - Husserl Studies 15 (3):151-166.
    It is an ancient view, to be found even in Aristotle’s analysis of friendship, that the other is an alter ego, another myself. More recently, this conception has provoked spirited debate within and without the phenomenological tradition. It can be found in a wide variety of texts, from Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations to Thomas Nagel’s “What is it like to be a bat?” The basic position can be summarized as follows. Intentional experiences are subjective, first-person experiences, not objective, third-person experiences.
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    Phenomenology and Scientific Realism: Husserl's Critique of Galileo.Gail Soffer - 1990 - Review of Metaphysics 44 (1):67 - 94.
    ACCORDING TO HUSSERL, THE REVOLUTION brought about by the new mathematical science of the seventeenth century was primarily an ontological one: a shift in the conception of the real. That Husserl opposes the new Galilean-Cartesian ontology is clear. This much is evident from the potent rhetoric of the Crisis declaiming Galileo as an "entdeckender und verdeckender Genius", forgetful of the lifeworld, failing to grasp what the mathematical-empirical method he brought to such a degree of perfection actually achieves. Indeed, even without (...)
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    Revisiting the Myth: Husserl and Sellars on the Given.Gail Soffer - 2003 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (2):301-337.
    IN SCIENCE, PERCEPTION, AND REALITY, Sellars marvels at the power of fashion in philosophy, which all too often offers us the spectacle of a stampede rather than a careful sifting of gold from dross. Sellars was worried that the flight from phenomenalism would lead to the familiar pendulum effect and so thwart his effort to “usher analytic philosophy out of its Humean and into its Kantian stage,” as Rorty has put it. Accordingly, Sellars’s critique of the Myth of the Given (...)
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  4. Revisiting the myth: Husserl and Sellars on the given.Gail Soffer - 2003 - Review of Metaphysics 57 (2):301-337.
    IN SCIENCE, PERCEPTION, AND REALITY, Sellars marvels at the power of fashion in philosophy, which all too often offers us the spectacle of a stampede rather than a careful sifting of gold from dross. Sellars was worried that the flight from phenomenalism would lead to the familiar pendulum effect and so thwart his effort to “usher analytic philosophy out of its Humean and into its Kantian stage,” as Rorty has put it. Accordingly, Sellars’s critique of the Myth of the Given (...)
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    Heidegger, Humanism, and the Destruction of History.Gail Soffer - 1996 - Review of Metaphysics 49 (3):547 - 576.
    Heidegger's attacks against humanism have come under renewed scrutiny, especially in France, as the latest wave of polemics over his political engagement has metamorphosed into a debate over the nature of humanism itself. Yet these recent discussions give rise to a number of perplexities. Firstly, for all their differences, it is remarkable how Heidegger's critics and defenders alike distort his position. On the one side, his French defenders hold that humanism is the attribution of a fixed essence to man, according (...)
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    Is Language a Game?Gail Soffer - 1994 - Études Phénoménologiques 10 (20):27-63.
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    Philosophy and the disdain for history: Reflections on Husserl's.Gail Soffer - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (1):95-116.
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    Philosophy and the Disdain for History: Reflections on Husserl's Ergänzungsband to the Crisis.Gail Soffer - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (1):95-116.
    Philosophy and the Disdain for History: Reflections on Husserl's Ergiinzungsband to the Crisis GAIL SOFFER HUSSERL'S RECENTLY PUBLISHED Erganzungsband to the Cr/s/s' is a highly inti- mate statement, almost a confession, of hope and despair at the end of a philosophical life, a compendium of urgent, world-historical tasks not yet laid to rest. Above all, it abounds in reflections on history. In these, two things are poignantly clear: the late Husserl is completely convinced that history is of the utmost importance (...)
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    Philosophy and the Disdain for History: Reflections on Husserl's Ergänzungsband to the Crisis.Gail Soffer - 1996 - Journal of the History of Philosophy 34 (1):95-116.
    Philosophy and the Disdain for History: Reflections on Husserl's Ergiinzungsband to the Crisis GAIL SOFFER HUSSERL'S RECENTLY PUBLISHED Erganzungsband to the Cr/s/s' is a highly inti- mate statement, almost a confession, of hope and despair at the end of a philosophical life, a compendium of urgent, world-historical tasks not yet laid to rest. Above all, it abounds in reflections on history. In these, two things are poignantly clear: the late Husserl is completely convinced that history is of the utmost importance (...)
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    Is Language a Game?Gail Soffer - 1994 - Études Phénoménologiques 10 (20):27-63.
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    Perception and Its Causes.Gail Soffer - 2010 - In Thomas Nenon & Lester Embree (eds.), Issues in Husserl's Ideas II. pp. 37-56.
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    Phenomenologizing with a Hammer: Theory or practice? [REVIEW]Gail Soffer - 1999 - Continental Philosophy Review 32 (4):379-393.
    As a contribution towards clearing the ground for a new phenomenological evaluation of the essence of science, in this paper I present a critique of Heidegger''s argument in Being and Time for the priority of Zuhandenheit to Vorhandenheit. I argue that Heidegger''s notion of presence-at-hand is incoherent, conflating Husserl and Descartes, and that this general analysis has serious phenomenological flaws. Contrary to Heidegger, I maintain that there is a form of exploratory, theoretical activity including causal inquiry which is prior to (...)
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    Anthony Steinbock: Home and beyond: Generative phenomenology after Husserl. [REVIEW]Gail Soffer - 1997 - Husserl Studies 14 (2):153-160.
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    Richard Cobb-Stevens. 'Husserl and Analytic Philosophy'. [REVIEW]Gail Soffer - 1993 - Husserl Studies 10 (1):43.
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    Phänomenologische Philosophie. [REVIEW]Gail Soffer - 1991 - Review of Metaphysics 44 (4):874-875.
    This book provides a comprehensive historical and thematic overview of phenomenological philosophy. The first half, written by Elisabeth Ströker, is devoted to Husserlian phenomenology; the second, by Paul Janssen, addresses the central German and French heirs of the phenomenological tradition: Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty, and Lévinas. The main stages in the phenomenological itinerary of each thinker are carefully reconstructed and analyzed, their aporiae considered, and--in the case of the post-Husserlian phenomenologists--their relation to Husserl's own phenomenology laid out in detail. The (...)
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