The Formation of Husserl’s Concept of Constitution

  • Authors
  • Robert Sokolowski

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 18)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Robert Sokolowski
    Pages 1-5
  3. Robert Sokolowski
    Pages 6-36
  4. Robert Sokolowski
    Pages 74-115
  5. Robert Sokolowski
    Pages 167-194
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 224-250

About this book


This work is conceived essentially as a historical study of the origin and development of one of the key concepts in Husserl's philosophy. It is not primarily meant to be an introduction to Husserl's thought, but can serve this purpose because of the nature of this concept. The doctrine of constitution deals with a philosophical problem that is fairly easy to grasp, and yet is central enough in the philosophy of Husserl to provide a con­ venient viewpoint from which other concepts and problems can be considered and understood. Husserl's thoughts on the phe­ nomenological reduction, on temporality, on perception, on evi­ dence, can all be integrated into a coherent pattern if we study them in their rapport with the concept of constitution. Further­ more, the concept of constitution is used by Husserl as an ex­ planatory schema: in giving the constitution of an object, Husserl feels he is giving the philosophical explanation of such an object. Thus in our discussion of constitution, we are studying the explanatory power of phenomenology, and in relating other phenomenological concepts to the concept of constitution, we are studying what they contribute to the philosophical expla­ nation that phenomenology attempts to furnish. To approach Husserl's philosophy in this way is to study it in its essential and most vital function.


Edmund Husserl concept constitution nature object oral discourse pattern perception phenomenology philosophy reduction symbolism time

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1970
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8316-6
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3325-0
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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