, Volume 27, Issue 3, pp 217-226
Date: 12 May 2011

Der Durchgang durch das Unmögliche. An Unpublished Manuscript from the Husserl-Archives

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Abstract

The article introduces and discusses an unpublished manuscript by Edmund Husserl, conserved at the Husserl-Archives Leuven with signature K I 26, pp. 73a–73b. The article is followed by the text of the manuscript in German and in an English translation. The manuscript, titled “The Transition through the Impossible” (Der Durchgang durch das Unmögliche), was part of the material Husserl used for his 1901 Doppelvortrag in Göttingen. In the manuscript, the impossible is characterized as the “sphere of objectlessness” (Sphäre der Gegenstandslosigkeit) and Husserl addresses the question whether and when it is warranted to perform a transition through the impossible to obtain valid results for the sphere of objectivity.

The edition was prepared on the basis of a transcription by Karl Schuhmann. I would like to thank my colleague Thomas Vongehr for his assistance with the collation and Steven Crowell for his helpful comments on the translation.