Jean Hering and Early Phenomenological Ontology

  • Jacek Surzyn
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 80)


As a member of the Göttingen circle of phenomenology, Jean Hering launched some of the most provocative ideas in early phenomenological ontology, in particular through his compact essay on neglected differentiations in the field of essence. His plea for individual essences, Wesen, deserves special mention. In this area, Hering’s thought influenced many groups of phenomenologists, and Roman Ingarden in particular. Particularly influential was a small but famous essay entitled “Bemerkungen über das Wesen, die Wesenheit and die Idee” (Hering 1921).


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Primary Sources

  1. Hering, Jean. 1921. “Bemerkungen über das Wesen, die Wesenheit und die Idee”, Jahrbuch fir - Philosophie und phenomenologische Forschung 4, pp. 495–543. A second edition was published in Darmstadt by Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft in 1968.Google Scholar
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Secondary Literature

  1. Edmund Husserl. Souvenirs et reflections“, Edmund Husserl 1859–1959: Recueil commemoratif publié a l’occasion du centenaire de la naissance du philosophie (Phaenomenologica 4 ). The Hague: Nijhoff, 1959.Google Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jacek Surzyn
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  1. 1.Słask UniversitySosnowiecPoland

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