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Edmund Husserl

Husserl c. 1910s
Born 8 April 1859
Proßnitz, Margraviate of Moravia, Austrian Empire (present-day Prostějov, Czech Republic)
Died 27 April 1938(1938-04-27) (aged 79)
Freiburg, Germany
Alma mater Leipzig University
(1876–78)
University of Berlin
(1878–81)
University of Vienna
(1881–83, 1884–86; PhD, 1883)
University of Halle
(1886–87; Dr.hab., 1887)
Era 20th-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Phenomenology
Transcendental constitutive phenomenology (1910s)[1]
Genetic phenomenology (1920s–30s)[1]
Logical objectivism[2]
Austrian Realism (early)[3][4]
Institutions University of Halle
University of Göttingen
University of Freiburg
Main interests
Epistemology, ontology, philosophy of mathematics
Notable ideas
Phenomenology, epoché (also bracketing, transcendental reduction, or phenomenological reduction), eidetic reduction, natural standpoint, noema, noesis, hyletic data,[5] phenomenological reduction, retention and protention, Lebenswelt (life world),
pre-reflective self-consciousness,[6] transcendental subjectivism, criticism of “physicalist objectivism,”[7] retention and protention, Nachgewahren, Urdoxa, phenomenological description

In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings.
Edmund Husserl
If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals.
Edmund Husserl
Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete, full idea of what pure mathematical research is like or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.
Edmund Husserl
Natural objects, for example, must be experienced before any theorizing about them can occur.
Edmund Husserl
Psychologically experienced consciousness is therefore no longer pure consciousness; construed Objectively in this way, consciousness itself becomes something transcendent, becomes an event in that spatial world which appears, by virtue of consciousness, to be transcendent.
Edmund Husserl
To every object there correspond an ideally closed system of truths that are true of it and, on the other hand, an ideal system of possible cognitive processes by virtue of which the object and the truths about it would be given to any cognitive subject.
Edmund Husserl
To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness.
Edmund Husserl
It just is nothing foreign to consciousness at all that could present itself to consciousness through the mediation of phenomena different from the liking itself; to like is intrinsically to be conscious.
Edmund Husserl
Experience by itself is not science.
At the lowest cognitive level, they are processes of experiencing, or, to speak more generally, processes of intuiting that grasp the object in the original.
Edmund Husserl
Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other.
Edmund Husserl
We would be in a nasty position indeed if empirical science were the only kind of science possible.
Edmund Husserl
Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.
Edmund Husserl
What is thematically posited is only what is given, by pure reflection, with all its immanent essential moments absolutely as it is given to pure reflection.
Edmund Husserl
The actuality of all of material Nature is therefore kept out of action and that of all corporeality along with it, including the actuality of my body, the body of the cognizing subject.
Edmund Husserl
Something similar is still true of the courses followed by manifold intuitions which together make up the unity of one continuous consciousness of one and the same object.
Edmund Husserl
The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness.
Edmund Husserl
Pure phenomenology claims to be the science of pure phenomena. This concept of the phenomenon, which was developed under various names as early as the eighteenth century without being clarified, is what we shall have to deal with first of all.
Edmund Husserl
In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely!
Edmund Husserl