Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology: An Introduction to Phenomenological Philosophy

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The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, Husserl's last great work, is important both for its content and for the influence it has had on other philosophers. In this book, which remained unfinished at his death, Husserl attempts to forge a union between phenomenology and existentialism.

Husserl provides not only a history of philosophy but a philosophy of history. As he says in Part I, "The genuine spiritual struggles of European humanity as such take the form of struggles between the philosophies, that is, between the skeptical philosophies—or nonphilosophies, which retain the word but not the task—and the actual and still vital philosophies. But the vitality of the latter consists in the fact that they are struggling for their true and genuine meaning and thus for the meaning of a genuine humanity."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810104587
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/1970
  • Series: SPEP Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 405
  • Sales rank: 710,589
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Edmund Husserl, born in Moravia in 1859, was educated in Vienna and Berlin in mathematics and the physical sciences. Beginning in 1884, he decided to devote himself to philosophy. He later held professorships at the Universities of Halle, Göttingen, and Freiburg until his retirement in 1928. He died in 1938. Among his many published works is Experience and Judgment, also available from Northwestern University Press.

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Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction

Part I. The Crisis of the Sciences as Expression of the Radical Life-Crisis of European Humanity
Part II. Clarification of the Origin of the Modern Opposition between Physicalistic Objectivism and Transcendental Subjectivism
Part III. The Clarification of the Transcendental Problem and the Related Function of Psychology
              A. The Way into Phenomenological Transcendental Philosophy by Inquiring back from the Pregiven Life-World
Part III   B. The Way into Phenomenological Transcendental Philosophy from Psychology

     A. The Vienna Lecture
I. Philosophy and the Crisis of European Humanity
     B. Supplementary Texts
II. Idealization and the Science of Reality—The Mathematization of Nature
III. The Attitude of Natural Science and the Attitude of Humanistic Science, Naturalism, Dualism and Psychophysical Psychology
IV. Philosophy as Mankind's Self-Reflection; the Self-Realization of Reason
V. [Objectivity and the World fo Experience]
VI. [The Origin of Geometry]
VII. [The Life-World and the World of Science]
VIII. Fink's Appendix on the Problem of the "Unconscious"\
IX. Denial of Scientific Philosophy. Necessity of Reflection. The Reflection [Must Be] Historical. How Is History Required?
X. Fink's Outline for the Continuation of the Crisis


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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Revelatory, greatly recommended.

    This is Husserl's answer to Heidegger and his retreat from Husserl's phenomenology and into an irrational or pure ontology. Although Heidegger's retreat away from science and into a pragmatic existentialism is what the book tries to convey, it is also a great interprtation of the antagonism between the social or geistgewissen and natural or wissen distinction of the sciences much evident in German philosophy in the latter part of the twentieth century.Husserl is not only abridge between the two but is also a possible link to the analytic Anglo- American and continental traditions in western philosophy. All in all a great read if dense ,but wortwhile if your'e up to this sort of subject.

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