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Ideas: General Introduction to Pure Phenomenology [Paperback]

Edmund Husserl , Dermot Moran

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April 26 2012 0415519039 978-0415519038

With a new foreword by Dermot Moran

‘the work here presented seeks to found a new science – though, indeed, the whole course of philosophical development since Descartes has been preparing the way for it – a science covering a new field of experience, exclusively its own, that of "Transcendental Subjectivity"’ - Edmund Husserl, from the author’s preface to the English Edition

Widely regarded as the principal founder of phenomenology, one of the most important movements in twentieth century philosophy, Edmund Husserl’s Ideas is one of his most important works and a classic of twentieth century thought. This Routledge Classics edition of the original translation by W.R. Boyce Gibson includes the introduction to the English edition written by Husserl himself in 1931.

Husserl’s early thought conceived of phenomenology – the general study of what appears to conscious experience – in a relatively narrow way, mainly in relation to problems in logic and the theory of knowledge. The publication of Ideas in 1913 witnessed a significant and controversial widening of Husserl’s thought, changing the course of phenomenology decisively. Husserl argued that phenomenology was the study of the very nature of what it is to think, "the science of the essence of consciousness" itself.

Husserl’s arguments ignited a heated debate regarding the nature of consciousness and experience that has endured throughout the twentieth and continues in the present day. No understanding of twentieth century philosophy is complete without some understanding of Husserl, and his work influenced some of the great philosophers of the twentieth century, such as Martin Heidegger and Jean-Paul Sartre.

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Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) through his creation of phenomenology, Edmund Husserl was one of the most influential philosophers of our century.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Edmund Husserl's classic is a must read. Sept. 20 2013
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Edmund Husserl's classic is a must read for everyone interested in Mind in Life, phenomenology and/or modern philosophy. The translation by Boyce Gibson is very good and very readable. The inclusion of the original German terminology does help a lot to distinguish between intentions that are hard to translate into English.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Intentional consciousness is the absolute and transcendent medium governing cognition May 13 2013
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I had a serious thirst for understanding Husserl, Heidegger's historical influence, and I'm extremely glad I have this chance to understand the unique and foundational perspective he contributed to 20th century philosophy and human self-understanding. One gets the impression from the debate that existed that there was a foundational difference, but reading this book has made it clear to me that Husserl was only disappointed in Heidegger because he viewed his "anthropological" dissertation as a distraction from his own unique psychological attitude and perspective. Husserl's "idealist" point of view is not only important for its own value, but for the light it shines on topics like dualism, empiricism, Descartes, Kant, and the history of modern philosophy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars proofreaders are a thing of the past Feb. 8 2013
By Adam Katz - Published on
very nice edition of this book. helpful intro by moran. funny that the translator's intro, preserved from the original 1931 edition, so much praises and thanks his proofreader. this edition appears to be a scan of that original publication which was not thoroughly proofread (or even spellchecked!) for scanning errors before being converted to the new publication. they didn't even correct the page number references in husserl's footnotes (when he refers to earlier sections) to this repaginated edition! understandable - who has time to read such a book now? precisely why (and other reasons) it should be read now.
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Edmund Husserl is considered the father of phenomenology, and also as a major contributor to the substrate of post- modern philosophy. Without a doubt, his thought in “Ideas” is profoundly evident as the structure for much of Heidegger’s, Ponty’s, and Beaufret’s thought. Therefore, any student of post-modern thought will find this manuscript absolutely essential to read and assimilate. Assimilating the material may take some doing. Husserl is difficult; but not impossible. He is just extremely detailed, and you must carefully track his concepts and their use.

Husserl tells us that the study of “Being” cannot begin until after the pure-experience work of describing “modalities-of-being”. Then the self may transition to the study of “being”. To assist the reader, I will give you the “4” modalities of his procedure. Keep these in mind as you read: 1. the “primordial-modality” of “epoche” (suspension of conceptualization); 2. The remembrance-modality of the “noetic”; 3. The imaginative-modality of the “eidetic”; and 4. The signifying-modality of the “doxic”.
The self must work “descriptively” through the first three modalities, and then work through a transformation in the fourth modality of the “doxic”. The doxa-modality asks the self to work through “recollection and subtracting” in order to arrive at the “proto-doxa” that have been present all along. These “proto-doxa” consist of the core-noema resulting from the on-going interrogation of the self from an existential stand-point. Through a process of negating the modality-content in previous moments, the self can arrive at the pure doxa content. The noematic-object passes through negation of modality-content to become pure-noema-character. And this character”, in turn is copied as a doxa-sign by consciousness. The self “stands-in” to consider the relational aspects of this new modified domain in order to form the ideological structure. Like I said; it is there, and understandable, but requires slow and careful reading.
I consider this manuscript “mandatory” for anyone studying post-modern thought, but Husserl is certainly not limited to just that interest. 5 stars and “good luck”

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