Husserl Studies

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 245–260 | Cite as

Edmund Husserl: Grenzprobleme der Phänomenologie. Analysen des Unbewusstseins und der Instinkte. Metaphysik. Späte Ethik. Texte aus dem Nachlass (1908–1937). Husserliana XLII. Rochus Sowa and Thomas Vongehr (eds.)

Springer, Dordrecht/Heidelberg/New York/London, 2014, CXV pp. and 665 pp. $ 239 (hardbound). ISBN: 978-94-007-5813-1
  • James G. HartEmail author
Book review


This work has been much awaited by scholars seeking to have a more complete grasp of the thought of Husserl in areas of metaphysics, religion, and ethics, even if only in the guise of thought-experimental notes. The titanic labors of the Editors in preparing nearly 700 pages of MSS, and the excellent 115 page Introduction by Rochus Sowa may easily be appreciated as a gift to the phenomenological community of four works by Husserl and one major commentary. The Editors have divided the texts into four headings: I. The Phenomenology of the Unconsciousness and the Limit-Problems of Birth, Sleep, and Death. II. The Phenomenology of Instincts. III. Metaphysics: Monadology, Teleology, and Philosophical Theology. IV. Reflections on Ethics from the Freiburg Years.

The sense in which “limit-problems,” like birth, death, chance, life’s meaning, etc. are phenomenologically given as within the world is puzzling. They appear prima facieas events in the world, and yet, at the same...


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  1. 1.Professor EmeritusIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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