Husserl Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 83-104

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The Practical Obscurity of Philosophy: Husserl’s “Arbeit der Probleme der letzten Voraussetzungen

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I argue that the teleological-historical reflections of the Crisis are an effort to clarify what Husserl calls the “ultimate presuppositions” of phenomenology. I begin by describing the kind of presuppositions revealed in natural-attitude and phenomenological reflection. I then consider how the ultimate presuppositions become problematic for Husserl. After clarifying the distinction between these presuppositions and those already handled by the reduction, I consider the appropriateness of the new reflections Husserl undertakes in order to address them.