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Crisis and Reflection

An Essay on Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences


Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 174)

About this book


In his last work, "Crisis of the European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology", Edmund Husserl formulated a radical new approach to phenomenological philosophy. Unlike his previous works, in the "Crisis" Husserl embedded this formulation in an ambitious reflection on the essence and value of the idea of rational thought and culture, a reflection that he considered to be an urgent necessity in light of the political, social, and intellectual crisis of the interwar period. In this book, James Dodd pursues an interpretation of Husserl's text that emphasizes the importance of the problem of the origin of philosophy, as well as advances the thesis that, for Husserl, the "crisis of reason" is not a contingent historical event, but a permanent feature of a life in reason generally.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate FacultyNew School UniversityManhattanUSA

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Crisis and Reflection
  • Book Subtitle An Essay on Husserl’s Crisis of the European Sciences
  • Authors J. Dodd
  • Series Title Phaenomenologica
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-2174-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-6606-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-2175-6
  • Series ISSN 0079-1350
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages X, 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Phenomenology
    Philosophy, general
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From the reviews:

"Dodd focuses his study upon the historical character of reason and the idea of the lifeworld as a way into phenomenology … . This book is a solid contribution to modern Husserlian scholarship, and I recommend it especially for social scientists who wish to engage with the central themes of phenomenology." (Kenneth Liberman, Human Studies, Vol. 31, 2008)

"It is written for those who already ‘believe’ that Husserl’s Crisis should be taken seriously but may be puzzled about certain issues that it aspires to illuminate. It is also a book for those who are convinced that Husserl’s Crisis is a text that continues to be relevant for us today … . Dodd provides such a sustained argument, and he does it well … ." (Tanja Staehler, Husserl Studies, Vol. 25, 2009)