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HUSSERL, EDMUND. - [CONSTITUTIVE PHENOMENOLOGY INTRODUCED IN ENGLISH]

Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology. Translated by W.R. Boyce Gibson.

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London & New York, (1931). 8vo. Orig. red full cloth w. gilding to spine, Orig. blue dust-jacket w. seperating tear to back hinge, tears to capitals w. a bit of loss and general wear to extremities. Binding and internally near mint. 465, (7) pp. ¶ First English language edition of Husserl's second main work, his seminal "Ideen I", which constitutes the founding text of Constitutive Phenomenology and the work, in which Husserl introduces his groundbreaking notion of "epoché". The English edition contains the new and important preface by Husserl himself, here printed for the first time (20 pp), in which he tells about the importance of this work and provides certain new explanations.

It was due to this work that Husserl was able to secure himself the position as Professor in Freiburg (from 1916-1928), and the first English edition, which was of quite some influence, is not common, especially with the dust-jacket.

Although the first German edition from 1913 is originally called "Ideen I", there is no doubt as to its status as a separete work, which the English edition also bears witness to, as it is now merely called "Ideas". Husserl did not publish his Ideen II and III in his lifetime, and they were only published posthumously, both in 1952. They have had none of the impact that the "Ideen I" had, and they are considered to be works in their own right too, although much less interesting.

When Husserl published his "Logical Investigations" in 1900-1901, he changed the face of philosophy and founded the new philosophy of the 20th century: Phenomenology. In the Logical Investigations, Husserl began by attacking Psychologism and then went on to introduce his new philosophicasl method, which only then saw the light of day, and which only becomes fully developed later on. In 1900-01 he askes the question of the essence of the matter of perception as opposed to the form of perception. In his "Ideen", he extends his scope to include philosophy of the natural sciences, and he reflects thoroughly on the method of transcendental phenomenological epohé and reduction. He thus takes a new turn on concious life and the pregiven status of it. This can no longer be accepted as something that exists in the world as the final guarantee for the world and the positive sciences of it. We must distinguish between the act of consciousness and the phenomena at which it is directed, in order to study the very structure of consciousness. All assumptions about the existence of the external world must be suspended, in order to achieve knowledge of the essences. It is this procedure that Husserl calls "epoché", and the constitutive phenomenology, which is founded in this work, is something that comes to characterize the rest of Husserl's works.

Husserl is now famous as the father of phenomenology, and he decisively influenced the likes of Heidegger, Sartre, Carnap, Merleau-Ponty, Levinas, Ricoeur, Derrida etc. etc.

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