Can transcendental intersubjectivity be naturalised?

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I discuss Husserl's account of intersubjectivity in the fifth Cartesian Meditation. I focus on the problem of perceived similarity. I argue that recent work in developmental psychology and neuroscience, concerning intermodal representation and the mirror neuron system, fails to constitute a naturalistic solution to the problem. This can be seen via a comparison between the Husserlian project on the one hand and Molyneux's Question on the other. © 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-111
Number of pages20
JournalPhenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011


  • Husserl
  • Intermodal representation
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Molyneux's Question


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