Husserl Studies

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 159–166 | Cite as

Kenneth Liberman, Husserl’s Criticism of Reason: With Ethnomethodological Specifications.

Lanham/MD: Lexington Books, 2007, 212 pp, US$ 65 (hardcover), ISBN 978-0-7391-1118-5
  • Lars Frers

In this work, Kenneth Liberman explores the reflective enterprise that we call phenomenology. His goal is to further develop the potential of thinking reason. While he recognizes the importance of Husserl’s reflexive rigor in advancing this field, he argues that Garfinkel’s ethnomethodological rigor can give new momentum to the phenomenological critique of reason, a critique on which the future of freedom depends (p. xv).

When Harold Garfinkel introduced ethnomethodology as an area of research, he envisioned it as a radical project (p. 101) in the context of social scientific work, one rooted in phenomenology. (Garfinkel was a student of Gurwitsch and Schütz.) Ethnomethodology focuses on performances in the real world, or, in its own terms, on naturally occurring, ordinary activities. This undertaking is not particularly novel; ordinary life has been examined and interpreted by many writers before Garfinkel. Ethnomethodology is unique, however, because it studies sense or meaning only...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Darmstadt University of TechnologyBerlinGermany

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