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A Historical Introduction to Phenomenology

1st Edition

By Seppo Sajama, Matti Kamppinen


144 pages

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This book offers a concise exposition of the content theory of intentionality, which lies at the root of Husserl’s phenomenology, for student and scholar. Originally published in 1982.

The first part traces the history of phenomenology from its beginnings in Aristotle and Aquinas through Hume, Reid and the Brentano school to its first clear formulation in Frege and Husserl.

Part two analyses some special problems involved in two important types of mental phenomena – perception and emotion – without abandoning the historical approach. Husserl’s theory of perception is extensively discussed and a Husserlian analysis of so-called de re acts is attempted.

Table of Contents

Preface Part 1: History of Content Theory 1. Introductory 2. Intentionality from Aristotle to Ockham 3. Empiricism and its Critics 4. Brentano and the Revival of Intentionality 5. Twardowski’s Object Theory 6. Meinong’s Object Theory 7. Content Theory: Frege and Husserl 8. Summary and Conclusions Part 2: Some Special Topics 9. The Intentionality of Perception 10. Adumbration and Horizon 11. The Problems of De Re Acts 12. The Intentionality of Emotions. Further Reading

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Phenomenology

Reissuing works originally published between 1959 and 1995, Routledge Library Editions: Phenomenology offers a selection of scholarship covering this important branch of philosophy. Volumes cover theories of Husserl and Heidegger, and branch out to such topics as psychology, Marxism, language and emotion, and education, forming a varied and informative collection of previously out-of-print works.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Movements / Phenomenology