The Husserlian Foundations of Science

The Husserlian Foundations of Science

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This book starts with a representation of Husserl's idea of phenomenology as a foundational theory of science. The following essays elucidate the main features of the phenomenological method as worked out by Husserl in the course of the development of his philosophy - starting from merely 'descriptive' and going on to 'transcendental' and 'constitutive' phenomenology - in order to get access to the foundations of knowledge in general and of scientific knowledge in particular. Further essays deal with the Husserlian foundations of natural science, and the relations between phenomenology and psychology, as well as those between phenomenology and history.
This second revised and enlarged edition - the first appeared in 1987 and was edited by Lee Hardy - contains two further essays: one deals with Husserl's never abandoned idea of phenomenology as a rigorous science and his further claim to restore phenomenological philosophy as 'First Philosophy', and the other one on the problem of crisis of the Western culture Husserl was concerned with during several periods of his life, demonstrates the actuality of his phenomenology even for philosophy of science in our times.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 306 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 17.27mm | 498g
  • Dordrecht, Netherlands
  • English
  • Softcover reprint of hardcover 1st ed. 1997
  • XIV, 306 p.
  • 904814910X
  • 9789048149100

Table of contents

Introduction. Husserl's Idea of Phenomenology as the Foundational Theory of Science. I. `Descriptive Phenomenology': Remarks on Husserl's Approach to the Foundation of Knowledge. II. Husserl's Principle of Evidence: The Significance of a Methodological Norm for Phenomenology as a Science. III. Intentionality and Constitution: Changes in the Concept of Intentionality in Edmund Husserl's Philosophy. IV. The Problem of the Epoche in Husserl's Philosophy. V. Psychology and Phenomenology: Their Fundamental Relations in Husserl's Philosophy. VI. Psychology: A New Way Into Transcendental Philosophy? Some Thoughts on the Last Part of Husserl's Crisis. VII. Edmund Husserl's Phenomenology as Foundation of Natural Science. VIII. History and Life-World as the Foundation of the Sense of the Sciences in Husserl's Late Work. IX. The Question of History and `History' in Husserl's Intentional Analysis. X. Time and History in Husserl's Philosophy: The Question of Their Connection. XI. Phenomenology as First Philosophy: Reflections on Husserl. XII. Crisis of European Culture: A Heritage of Problems in Husserlian Philosophy. Index of Names. Index of Topics.
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`The work of E. Stroeker is in this sense a relevant and much needed interpretation, which is not restricted to the area of scientific cognition but captures the major concerns of phenomenology. Well-documented, logically constructed and clearly argued, the book is at the same time a careful and rigorous account of and an original engagement with main issues in Husserl's phenomenology.'
Adina Bozga in Studia Phaenomenologica, II:1-2 (2002)
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