Epoché: Meaning, Object, and Existence in Husserl’s Phenomenology

  • Oded Balaban
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 80)


The phenomenological reduction and the intuition of (essences Wesensanschauung),crystallized under the concept of epoché, have been subject to so many diverse interpretations that, were we to regard them all as valid, we would have to conclude that Husserl himself had a very imprecise idea of this highly technical term. Harrison Hall believes that epoché means “to set aside or abstain from questions of reference so as to focus on meaning.”1 According to Aron Gurwitsch, its concern is “with objects as meant and intended.”2 For Jacques Derrida, it entails even “the reduction of constituted eidetics and then of its own language.”3 Indeed, for Herbert Spiegelberg, it has become “the most controversial issue between the main trends of phenomenology”4 whereas for Maurice Merleau-Ponty “There is no other problem in which Husserl has invested more time in order to understand himself” than that of the phenomenological reduction.5 Spiegelberg’s accusation is against the interpreters, and Merleau-Ponty’s is against the author.


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  • Oded Balaban
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  1. 1.University of HaifaHaifaIsrael

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