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Some remarks on phenomenology’s past

Dan Zahavi (Ed.): The Oxford handbook of the history of phenomenology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2018. 800 pp, $150.00 HB
  • Steven DeLayEmail author
Review Essay

I recall distinctly the mood of intellectual euphoria at my encounter with phenomenology. I was an undergraduate at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a new philosophy major, and I was taking an introduction to the subject. Robert Sokolowski’s Introduction to Phenomenology had recently appeared (as had Dermot Moran’s Introduction), and I think the first text we read was another assigned source, David Cerbone’s Understanding Phenomenology. In a few weeks, I had a vague sense of things. Heidegger had been Husserl’s heir apparent, but then came philosophical disagreement between them, and eventually betrayal and a falling-out. Sartre was the one who most famously brought Husserl and Heidegger to France, but he didn’t agree with either of them. And there also was this fourth guy, Merleau-Ponty, who was a friend of Sartre’s for a time till they too had their own parting of the ways. There was personal and historical intrigue. But above all, there was an overwhelming sense that thiswas true...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWake Forest UniversityWinston-SalemUSA

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