Ronald Case

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Master of Arts (MA)




David Hitchcock


The thesis objective is proof that the theory of immanence is the foundation of Edmund Husserl's transcendental phenomenology. This point is important because transcendental phenomenology is not capable of justification of the use of this theory as its foundation. As a result, the proof of this point is proof that transcendental phenomenology is the systematic development from this key presupposition.

The method of proof is contained in two parts. In the first part, the assumption we are looking for, i.e., the theory of immanence, and, the framework within which we are looking for this assumption, i.e., the foundation of transcendental phenomenology, are examined. This is necessary as the context for the second part to this proof. The second part is examination of the three fundamental ingredients to the foundation: the problem of cognition; the theory of transcendental subjectivity; and, the phenomenological epoche. Examination of each of these ingredients uncovers various implications and other manifestations of the theory of immanence.

The result of these examinations is proof of the conviction that transcendental phenomenology is the systematic development of the presupposition of theory of immanence. In addition, the incapacity of this philosophy to justify this presupposition is proven by the linear line of development of both the theory of immanence and transcendental phenomenology.

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