JBSP Online: Michele Averchi – Husserl as an Alternative Basis for Social Epistemology

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A new article for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology by Michele Averchi (The Catholic University of America).

Michele Averchi– “Husserl’s Notion of ‘Secondary Experience’ as an Alternative Basis for Social Epistemology”

JBSP (Received 22 Sep 2022, Accepted 24 Feb 2023, Published online: 07 Mar 2023)

Abstract: The goal of this paper is to put on the map Husserl’s discussion of “secondary experience” as an alternative basis for an epistemology of testimony. In current discussions about social epistemology, the majority of scholars characterize testimony as “the transfer of a belief.” On the contrary, in light of Husserl’s notion of “secondary experience,” testimony is best characterized as a sharing of experience rather than a transfer of belief. Husserl discusses the notion of “secondary experience” in Appendix XII of Husserliana 15. In this paper I develop a systematic analysis of “secondary experience,” and I integrate Husserl’s analysis of testimony in Appendix XII with his other analyses developed in the Cartesian Meditations, manuscripts written in the same period, and Experience and Judgment. In the conclusion of the paper I very briefly argue for the superiority of Husserl’s view of testimony over the majority view.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2023.2185790

Michele Averchi, The Catholic University of America, School of Philosophy, Washington, DC, USA

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