Early Phenomenology

Early Phenomenology : Metaphysics, Ethics, and the Philosophy of Religion

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Taking the term "phenomenologist" in a fairly broad sense, Early Phenomenology focuses on those early exponents of the intellectual discipline, such as Buber, Ortega and Scheler rather than those thinkers that would later eclipse them; indeed the volume precisely means to bring into question what it means to be a phenomenologist, a category that becomes increasingly more fluid the more we distance ourselves from the gravitational pull of philosophical giants Husserl and Heidegger.

In focusing on early phenomenology this volume seeks to examine the movement before orthodoxies solidified. More than merely adding to the story of phenomenology by looking closer at thinkers without the same fame as Husserl or Heidegger and the representatives of their legacy, the essays relate to one of the earlier thinkers with figures that are either more contemporary or more widely read, or both. Beyond merely filling in the historical record and reviving names, the chapters of this book will also give contemporary readers reasons to take these figures seriously as phenomenologists, radically reordering of our understanding of the lineage of this major philosophical movement.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 22.86mm | 540g
  • Bloomsbury Academic
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1474276040
  • 9781474276047

Table of contents



2. LESTER EMBREE (Florida Atlantic University) Speculations about Bridging the Goettingen-Freiburg Gap in Phenomenology

3. ADOLF REINACH (trans. Kim Baltzer-Jaray) Phenomenology of Foreboding/Foreseeing


4. JOHN CROSBY (Franciscan University of Steubenville) Person and Love: Dietrich von Hildebrand in Dialogue with John Zizioulas

5. MICHAEL KELLY (University of San Diego) Envy and Ressentiment, a Difference in Kind: A Critique and Renewal of Scheler's Phenomenological Account

6. KIM BALTZER-JARAY (University of Western Ontario) Notes from the Battlefield: Reinach's Phenomenology of Foreboding

7. MARTA UBALAI (KU Leuven) Alexander Pfander's Phenomenological Psychology: Philosophy Devoted to Description


8. BRIAN HARDING (Texas Woman's University) Jose Ortega y Gasset's Reduction to Life

9. KEITH PETERSON (Colby College) Scenes of Disagreement: Nicolai Hartmann between Phenomenological Ontology and Speculative Realism

10. ROBERT WOOD (University of Dallas) Buber Meets Heidegger


11. JONNA BORNEMARK (Soedertoern University) Edith Stein and the Carmelites

12. BRIAN GREGOR (California State University - Dominguez Hills): The Transcendence of the Person: Bonhoeffer as a Resource for Phenomenology of Religion and Ethics

13. MEROLD WESTPHAL (Fordham University) Rudolf Otto as Postmodern Phenomenologist: In Dialogue with Marion, Derrida, and Kierkegaard
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Review quote

Though the early years of the phenomenological movement represent a veritable treasure trove of philosophical insight, the thinkers of this period are almost always overlooked by both philosophers and historians alike, in part due to an inability to see past the imposing legacies of Husserl and Heidegger. This volume offers a long overdue introduction to philosophers whose work remains of fundamental relevance to those seeking to understand the potential of phenomenology for philosophy. * James Dodd, Associate Professor of Philosophy, The New School, USA * The editors should be praised for having the contributors to this volume organize their essays so that they lay out at the beginning how they are going to proceed and that they always end with some concluding remarks about what has been accomplished. This adds a coherence to the intent to provoke further research and conversation beyond what could be accomplished by simply assembling author's responses to a proposed topic. * Reading Religion *
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About Brian Harding

Brian Harding is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Texas Woman's University, USA.

Michael R. Kelly is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of San Diego, USA. He is the editor of Bergson and Phenomenology (2010).
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