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Husserl's Transcendental Phenomenology
Nature, Spirit, and Life


  • Date Published: March 2018
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  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107638679

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  • Edmund Husserl (1859–1938) is regarded as the founder of transcendental phenomenology, one of the major traditions to emerge in twentieth-century philosophy. In this book Andrea Staiti unearths and examines the deep theoretical links between Husserl's phenomenology and the philosophical debates of his time, showing how his thought developed in response to the conflicting demands of Neo-Kantianism and life-philosophy. Drawing on the work of thinkers including Heinrich Rickert, Wilhelm Dilthey and Georg Simmel, as well as Husserl's writings on the natural and human sciences that are not available in English translation, Staiti illuminates a crucial chapter in the history of twentieth-century philosophy and enriches our understanding of Husserl's thought. His book will interest scholars and students of Husserl, phenomenology, and twentieth-century philosophy more generally.

    • Offers an interpretation of Husserl which engages with lesser-known thinkers of his time, appealing to those pursuing an understanding of phenomenology which goes beyond standard presentations
    • Discusses key texts that are not available in English translation, providing Anglophone readers the opportunity to learn about these crucial philosophical works for the first time
    • Clarifies fundamental notions in transcendental phenomenology in accessible terms, allowing readers familiar with Kant's transcendental philosophy to connect Husserl's thought to the Kantian tradition
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    'Andrea Staiti's book presents an account of Husserl's thought that does full justice to the richness of his contribution to the philosophical elucidation of life, nature, the cultural world, and history. It should greatly facilitate dialogue between phenomenology and other philosophical approaches to these topics.' Steven Crowell, Rice University, Houston

    'Staiti has written an original and ground-breaking book that shows mastery both of the primary sources and of current discussions of Husserl's project and its enduring significance.' Dermot Moran, University College Dublin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107638679
    • length: 325 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Southwestern Neo-Kantianism in search of ontology
    2. Life-philosophical accounts of history and psyche: Simmel and Dilthey
    3. Standpoints and attitudes: scientificity between Neo-Kantianism and Husserlian phenomenology
    4. The reception of Husserl's Ideen among the Neo-Kantians
    5. Husserl's critique of Rickert's secretly naturalistic transcendentalism: the Natur und Geist lectures (1919–27)
    6. Historia formaliter spectata: Husserl and the life-philosophers
    7. The life-world as the source of nature and culture: towards a transcendental-phenomenological worldview
    8. Ethical and cultural implications in Husserl's phenomenology of the life-world

  • Author

    Andrea Staiti, Boston College, Massachusetts
    Andrea Staiti is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Boston College. He has published many articles in journals such as Husserl Studies, Continental Philosophy Review, Philosophy and Social Criticism, and Research in Phenomenology. He is the author and co-editor of several books, including New Approaches to Neo-Kantianism (Cambridge, forthcoming) and Geistigkeit, Leben und geschichtliche Welt in der Transzendentalphänomenologie Husserls (2010).

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