Edmund Husserl, April 8, 1859 - April 27, 1938

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  • Start of Phenomenology

    Start of Phenomenology
    Husserl's first published monograph was, Philosophy of Arithmetic. He combined his mathematical, psychological, and philosophical successes in this work. However, it brought much criticism for its underlying psychologism. Husserl took the criticism very hard and built a new philosophical method that is very famous today, called phenomenology. From this Husserl published his first phenomenological works in two volumes between 1900 and 1901, called Logical Investigations.
  • Logical Investigations

    Logical Investigations
    Logical Investigations was split into two volumes. The first volume only contained his attack against psychologism. While the second volume had six “descriptive-psychological” and “epistemological” investigations. These six investigations were: 1. expression and meaning, 2. universals, 3. formal ontology of parts and wholes, 4. “syntatical” and mereological structure of meaning, 5. nature and structure of intentionally, and 6. interrelation of truth, intuition, and cognition.
  • Transcendental Phenomenology

    Transcendental Phenomenology
    During the first part of the 20th century, he constantly modified this method to create a newer method called “transcendental phenomenology.” In this method he focuses on the appearance of things. The phenomena as we see them and how they appear to us in our consciousness. Husserl wanted to enable the phenomenologist to develop unprejudiced justification for their views on the world and to explore their interconnections. He explains this more in his second major book called "Ideas."
  • Death of Husserl

    Death of Husserl
    Husserl gave many lectures in Prague and submitted his last major works, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenlogy, before passing away on April 27th, 1939. After his passing, Franciscan Herman Leo Van Breda saved his manuscripts (consisting of over 40,000 pages) and brought them to Leuven, Belgium. Here is where the first Husserl archive was founded in 1939, Husserliana.
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    Husserl's Work

    Husserl, Edmund. Philosophy of Arithmetic. 1891. Print. Husserl, Edmund, and J N. Findlay. Logical Investigations. 1970. Print. Husserl, Edmund. Ideas: General introduction to pure phenomenology, transl. W. R. B. Gibson, MacMillan, New York. 1931. Print. Husserl, Edmund, and Dorion Cairns. Cartesian Meditations: An Introduction to Phenomenology. The Hague: M. Nijhoff, 1960. Print. Husserl, Edmund. Formal and Transcendental Logic. 1969. Print.