1st Edition

Contemporary Phenomenologies of Normativity
Norms, Goals, and Values

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ISBN 9781032003184
March 11, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages

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Book Description

This book offers an updated and comprehensive phenomenology of norms and normativity. It is the first volume that systematically tackles both the normativity of experiencing and various experiences of norms.

Part I begins with a discussion of the methodological resources that phenomenology offers for the critique of epistemological, social and cultural norms. It argues that these resources are powerful and have largely been neglected in contemporary philosophy as well as social and human sciences. The second part deepens the discussion by studying the existential and moral-philosophical foundations of practical normativity. It takes on the task of illuminating the origins of normativity and offers phenomenological alternatives to the neo-Kantian and neo-Hegelian approaches that dominate contemporary debates on the sources of normativity. The final part proceeds from practical normativity to the analysis of the guiding powers of values, perceptual norms, instincts and drives. These are different forms of intentionality that in various manners contribute to the constitution of human practices. By clarifying their divergences and their interrelations, the volume demonstrates that normativity is not one phenomenon but a complex set of various phenomena, with multiple origins and sources.

Contemporary Phenomenologies of Normativity will be of interest to researchers and advanced students working on issues of normativity in phenomenology, epistemology, ethics, and social philosophy.

Table of Contents


Sara Heinämaa, Mirja Hartimo, and Ilpo Hirvonen

I. Basic Perspectives

1. Varieties of Normativity: Norms, Goals, Values

Sara Heinämaa

2. Methodological Atheism: An Essay in the Second-Person Phenomenology of Commitment

Steven Crowell

3. What Is Moral Normativity? A Phenomenological Critique and Redirection of Korsgaard’s Normative Question

Fredrik Westerlund

4. Husserl on Specifically Normative Concepts

Andrea Staiti

II. From Perception to Imagination

5. On the Phenomenology and Normativity of Multisensory Perception: Husserlian and Merleau-Pontian Analyses

Maxime Doyon

6. Normativity in Perception

Frode Kjosavik

7. The Role of Instincts in Husserl’s Account of Reason

Julia Jansen

8. The Normativity of the Imagination: Its Critical Import

Smaranda Aldea

III. Social Dimensions

9. "Feckless Prisoners of Their Times": Historicism and Moral Reflection

David R. Cerbone

10. (Re)turning to Normality? A Bottom-Up Approach to Normativity

Maren Wehrle

11. Phenomenology of Culture and Cultural Norms

Timo Miettinen

12. Epistemic Norms and Their Phenomenological Critique

Mirja Hartimo

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Sara Heinämaa is Academy Professor and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Mirja Hartimo is Senior Researcher at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Ilpo Hirvonen is a Doctoral Student of Theoretical Philosophy at the University of Helsinki, Finland.