The Philosophy of Husserl
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Series: Continental European Philosophy
Author(s): Burt Hopkins  
ISBN: 1844650111
ISBN-13: 9781844650118
Publication Date: 12 Nov 2010
Pages: 304 (234 x 156mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £18.99
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As the founder of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl has been hugely influential in the development of contemporary continental philosophy. In The Philosophy of Husserl, Burt Hopkins shows that the unity of Husserl’s philosophical enterprise is found in its investigation of the origins of cognition, being, meaning, and ultimately philosophy itself. Hopkins challenges the prevailing view that Husserl’s late turn to history is inconsistent with his earlier attempts to establish phenomenology as a pure science and also the view of Heidegger and Derrida, that the limits of transcendental phenomenology are historically driven by ancient Greek philosophy.

Part 1 presents Plato’s written and unwritten theories of eidē and Aristotle’s criticism of both. Part 2 traces Husserl’s early investigations into the formation of mathematical and logical concepts and charts the critical necessity that leads from descriptive psychology to transcendentally pure phenomenology. Part 3 investigates the movement of Husserl’s phenomenology of transcendental consciousness to that of monadological intersubjectivity. Part 4 presents the final stage of the development of Husserl’s thought, which situates monadological intersubjectivity within the context of the historical a priori constitutive of all meaning. Part 5 exposes the unwarranted historical presuppositions that guide Heidegger’s fundamental ontological and Derrida’s deconstructive criticisms of Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology.

The Philosophy of Husserl will be required reading for all students of phenomenology.


"The only way to understand the importance of this book is to read it – and it definitely deserves to be read. Hopkins' work combines a rare originality with a profound philosophical sensibility." – Research in Phenomenology

"Hopkins argues that the turn to history that marks the final stage of Husserl's thinking is not only consistent with but demanded by the aims and methods of a mature phenomenological science. Hopkins's book provides, among a vast array of other challenging and original claims and arguments, an exceptionally sophisticated and informed analysis and defense of this claim." – Husserl Studies

“A significant contribution to our understanding of Husserl, one that offers an original and challenging approach. A ground-breaking and important book.” – Dermot Moran, University College Dublin

Burt Hopkins is Professor of Philosophy at Seattle University.


Prolegomenon: Husserl’s turn to history and pure phenomenology
Part I  Plato’s and Aristotle’s theory of eide
1. Plato’s Socratic theory of eide: the first pillar of the ancient precedent to pure phenomenology
2. Plato’s arithmological theory of eide: the second pillar of the ancient precedent to pure phenomenology
3. Aristotle’s criticism of Plato’s theory of eide: the third (and final) pillar of the ancient precedent to pure phenomenology
Part II  From descriptive psychology to transcendentally pure phenomenology
4. Origin of the task of pure phenomenology
5. Pure phenomenology and Platonism
6. Pure phenomenology as the transcendental-phenomenological investigation of absolute consciousness
7. Transcendental phenomenology of absolute consciousness and phenomenological philosophy
8. Limits of the transcendental-phenomenological investigation of pure consciousness
Part III  From the phenomenology of transcendental consciousness to that of monadological intersubjectivity
9. Phenomenological philosophy as transcendental idealism
10. The intersubjective foundation of transcendental idealism: the immanent transcendency of the world’s objectivity
Part IV  From monadological intersubjectivity to the historical a priori constitutive of all meaning
11. The pure phenomenological motivation of Husserl’s turn to history
12. The essential connection between intentional history and actual history
13. The historicity of both the intelligibility of ideal meanings and the possibility of actual history
14. Desedimentation and the link between intentional history and the constitution of a historical tradition
15. Transcendental phenomenology as the only true explanation of objectivity and all meaningful problems in previous philosophy
Part V  The unwarranted historical presuppositions guiding the fundamental ontological and deconstructive criticisms of transcendental philosophy
16. The methodological presupposition of the ontico-ontological critique of intentionality: Plato’s Socratic seeing of the eide
17. The mereological presupposition of fundamental ontology: that Being as a whole has a meaning overall
18. The presupposition behind the proto-deconstructive critique of intentional historicity: the conflation of intra subjective and inter subjective idealities
19. The presupposition behind the deconstruction of phenomenology: the subordination of being to speech
Epilogue: Transcendental-phenomenological criticism of the criticism of phenomenological cognition
Coda: Phenomenological self-responsibility and the singularity of transcendental philosophy

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