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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Edmund Husserl and phenomenology


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Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) was a German philosopher best known for his contributions to phenomenology. Philosopher Leo Strauss said,


"No one in our century has raised the call for philosopher as a rigorous science with such clarity, purity, vigor and breadth as Husserl." (Philosophy as Rigorous Science and Political Philosophy, 1971)


Wikipedia says,


"In his early work, he elaborated critiques of historicism and of psychologism in logic based on analyses of intentionality. In his mature work, he sought to develop a systematic foundational science based on the so-called phenomenological reduction." (Wikipedia: Edmund Husserl, 8.7.21 UTC 15:10)


The rest of this post is some quotes from Husserl.




"To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness." (


"A new fundamental science, pure phenomenology, has developed within philosophy: this is a science of a thoroughly new type and endless scope. It is inferior in methodological rigor to none of the modern sciences. All philosophical disciplines are rooted in pure phenomenology..." (Pure Phenomenology, 1917)


"This concept of the phenomenon, which was developed under various names as early as the 18th century without being clarified, is what we shall have to deal with first of all." (


"Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other." (


"Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within." (