The Hospitality of Presence: Problems of Otherness in Husserl's Phenomenology
Sternberg Press, 2008 - Art - 200 pages
Daniel Birnbaumżs The Hospitality of Presence is a study of the concept of otherness in Edmund Husserlżs phenomenology. In the late 1990s it gained international attention in academic circles. It was reviewed favorably in specialized philosophy journals such as Review of Metaphysics and quoted extensively, most notably by Paul Ricoeur in one of the legendary French thinkerżs last books. It has long been out of print. Birnbaumżs study explores Husserlżs theory of temporality and his conception of the Other. The reason for examining these two issues together is that they appear to be closely related and that they illuminate not only each other but also phenomenologyżs understanding of what it is to be a subject. In opposition to the commonly held view that the idea of a żdecenteredż and open subject has developed subsequently to and partly as a critique of Husserlżs position, this study endeavors to show that his notion of subjectivity is based on a highly sophisticated notion of alterity. The book provides a theoretical framework to Birnbaumżs more aphoristic essay Chronology (2005, new edition 2007).Daniel Birnbaum who has written extensively about contemporary art from a theoretical perspective has, since more than a decade, a close working relationship with Danish artist Olafur Eliasson who has produced a special project for this new edition. The book also contains a preface by Hans Ulrich Obrist, a żspeculative noteż on the limits of phenomenology by philosopher Sven-Olov Wallenstein and a new introduction by the author.
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