Journal of Philosophy

Aristotelian Metaphysics and the Distinction between Consciousness and the Real World in Husserl and Ingarden

Jeff Mitscherling

Department of Philosophy, University of Guelph

Abstract. While Ingarden makes only infrequent reference to Aristotle, The Philosopherís presence can be discerned throughout his published works. Perhaps most significantly, when Ingarden returned to work on Controversy over the Existence of the World in 1938, he immersed himself in the study of Aristotleís Metaphysics, and the entire framework of Controversy appears to have been inspired by reflection on central Aristotelian concepts. Ingardenís understanding of the Aristotelian conception of the relation between form and matter, and indeed the Aristotelian character of Ingardenís ontology as a whole, stands in sharp contrast not only to Husserlís transcendental idealism, but also to the materialist orientation of current mainstream research in cognitive science. It is hoped that this brief examination might serve to introduce to this research a realist phenomenological orientation that is capable of embracing and elucidating insights from both materialist and idealist approaches to the study of cognition. Back