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The Subject(s) of Phenomenology

Rereading Husserl

  • Iulian Apostolescu

Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 108)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. The Phenomenological Project: Definition and Scope

  3. The Unfolding of Phenomenological Philosophy

  4. At the Limits of Phenomenology: Towards Phenomenology as Philosophy of Limits

About this book


Bringing together established researchers and emerging scholars alike to discuss new readings of Husserl and to reignite the much needed discussion of what phenomenology actually is and can possibly be about, this volume sets out to critically re-evaluate (and challenge) the predominant interpretations of Husserl’s philosophy, and to adapt phenomenology to the specific philosophical challenges and context of the 21st century.

“What is phenomenology?”, Maurice Merleau-Ponty asks at the beginning of his Phenomenology of Perception – and he continues: “It may seem strange that this question still has to be asked half a century after the first works of Husserl. It is, however, far from being resolved.” Even today, more than half a century after Merleau-Ponty’s magnum opus, the answer is in many ways still up for grasp. While it may seem obvious that the main subject of phenomenological inquiry is, in fact, the subject, it is anything but self evident what this precisely implies: Considering the immense variety of different themes and methodological self-revisions found in Husserl’s philosophy – from its Brentanian beginnings to its transcendental re-interpretation and, last but not least, to its ‘crypto-deconstruction’  in the revisions of his early manuscripts and in his later work –, one cannot but acknowledge the fact that ‘the’ subject of phenomenology marks an irreducible plurality of possible subjects.

Paying tribute to this irreducible plurality the volume sets out to develop interpretative takes on the phenomenological tradition which transcend both its naive celebration and its brute rejection, to re-articulate the positions of other philosophers within the framework of Husserl’s thought, and to engage in an investigative dialogue between traditionally opposed camps within phenomenology and beyond.


Analytical Phenomenology Crisis of Rationality Edmund Husserl Genetic Phenomenology Logical Psychologism Phenomenological A Priori Phenomenology and the Crisis of European Modernity Phenomenology of Imagination Phenomenology of Values Transcendental Phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Iulian Apostolescu
    • 1
  1. 1.Faculty of PhilosophyUniversity of BucharestBucharestRomania

About the editors

Iulian Apostolescu is a PhD candidate at the Department of Philosophy, University of Bucharest. His research focuses on transcendental philosophy, phenomenology, continental philosophy, and philosophy of religion. He is editor-in-chief of the online journal Phenomenological Reviews (ISSN: 2297-7627) and General Editor, Epoché Series, Ratio and Revelatio Publishing House. He is the co-editor (with Claudia Serban) of Husserl, Kant and Transcendental Phenomenology (De Gruyter, 2020).

His current projects include two edited volumes on the German philosopher Eugen Fink and a special issue on the “Varieties of the Lebenswelt”.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Subject(s) of Phenomenology
  • Book Subtitle Rereading Husserl
  • Editors Iulian Apostolescu
  • Series Title Contributions to Phenomenology
  • Series Abbreviated Title Contribut.Phenomenology
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-29356-7
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-29359-8
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-29357-4
  • Series ISSN 0923-9545
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1915
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIV, 380
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Phenomenology
    Postmodern Philosophy
    Social Philosophy
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