Since its first publication in 1970 this book has become one of the most widely read introductory books on phenomenology and is used as a standard text in many universities from Germany to Korea and China. Praised for its accessibility and clarity the book has attracted a wide readership both within and outside the academia. Its author has over the years published a number of other books on Philosophy in which he has developed important theories of his own. This clear and elegant introduction traces Husserl’s philosophical development from his early preoccupation with numbers and his conflict with Frege to the transcendental phenomenology of his mature period. There is also a brief critical exposition of the views of Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre and other philosopher influenced by Husserl.
Table of Contents
Preface 1. An Analysis ‘Free from Presuppositions’ 2. Husserl’s Conception of Number and His Clash with Frege 3. Criticism of Psychologism and the Search for the Philosophical Presuppositions of Logic 4. Intentionality 5. The Problem of Generality 6. Phenomenological Reduction and Husserl’s Idea of a Transcendental Philosophy 7. Reason and Reality 8. The Concept of Lebenswelt 9. Scheler’s Anthropology 10. In Search of the Meaning of ‘Being’ 11. From Modal Analysis to Mystical Hermeneutics 12. Existentialism Based on a Phenomenology of Consciousness 13. Sartre’s Road to Marxism 14. The Limitations of Phenomenology – Concluding Remarks
Edo Pivcevic taught at the University of Bristol, UK. He has over the years published a number of philosophy books on Change and Selves, What Is Truth?, The Concept of Reality and his most recent book on philosophical explanation entitled The Reason Why, which has received high praise for its originality and the lucidity of its style.