Husserl’s phenomenology of inner time-consciousness and enactivism: The harmonizing argument

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In this article, I single out the characteristics of a polemical type of argument that I dub “the harmonizing argument”. Contenders that use the harmonizing argument aim to persuade their audience that it is possible to harmonize two opposed positions. My case study is the enactivists’ attempt to naturalize Husserl’s phenomenology of inner time-consciousness. I first present Husserl’s account of time-consciousness. I clarify why absolute subjectivity cannot be naturalized. I continue by interpreting the enactivists’ attempt to naturalizes absolute subjectivity as exemplifying the harmonizing argument. I present the limitations of this attempt, and I conclude by pointing out the possible positive epistemic results of using this type of argument.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationControversies and Interdisciplinarity
Subtitle of host publicationBeyond disciplinary fragmentation for a new knowledge model
EditorsJens Allwood, Olga Pombo, Clara Renna, Giovanni Scarafile
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins Publishing Company
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9789027260758
ISBN (Print)9789027207548
StatePublished - 2020


  • Harmonizing argument
  • Enactivism
  • Subjectivity
  • First-person perspective
  • Prereflective self-awareness


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