Husserl Studies

, Volume 27, Issue 2, pp 83–104 | Cite as

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

  • Kenneth KniesEmail author


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.


Natural Attitude Vocational Interest Absolute Valuation Philosophical History Transcendental Theme 
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The author is the recipient of a research grant from the Belgian American Educational Foundation and thanks the Foundation for its support.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Husserl-Archives, K.U. LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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