Appearance and Sense

Phenomenology as the Fundamental Science and Its Problems

  • Authors
  • Gustav¬†Shpet

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 120)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. Appearance and Sense

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 3-7
    3. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 9-23
    4. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 25-45
    5. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 47-67
    6. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 69-95
    7. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 97-121
    8. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 123-143
    9. Gustav Shpet
      Pages 145-167
  3. Back Matter
    Pages 169-196

About this book


Despite, or perhaps better by virtue of, its very brevity, Appearance and Sense is a difficult text to read and understand, particularly if we make the attempt independently of Husserl's Ideas I. This is certainly at least in part owing to the intent behind Shpet's work. On the one hand it strives to present Husserl' s latest views to a Russian philosophical audience not yet conversant with and, in all likelihood, not even aware of, his transcendental idealist turn. With this aim any reading would perforce be exacting. Yet, on the other hand, Shpet has made scant concession to his public. Indeed, his text is even more compressed, especially in the crucial areas dealing with the sense-bestowing feature of consciousness, than Husserl' s own. For all that, Shpet has not bequeathed to us simply an abbreviated paraphrase nor a selective commentary on Ideas I, although at many points it is just that. Rather, the text on the whole is a critical engagement with Husserl' s thought, where Shpet among other things refonnulates or at least presents Husserl's phenomenology from the perspective of hoping to illuminate a traditional philosophical problem in a radical manner. Since Husserl's text was published only in 1913 and Shpet's appeared sometime during 1914, the latter must have been conceived, thought through, and written in remarkable haste. Indeed, Shpet had already finished a first draft and was busy with a revision of it by the end of 1913.


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Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-7923-1098-3
  • Online ISBN 978-94-011-3292-3
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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