The Ideen and Neo-Kantianism

  • Andrea Staiti
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 66)


This chapter examines the criticism of Husserl’s Ideen articulated by the Neo-Kantians Rickert and Natorp. Both lament that Husserl’s method of eidetic seeing is an intuitionistic shortcut that does not justify the knowledge it claims to provide. Natorp also raises doubts about the appropriateness of the eidetic method and phenomenological reflection for the investigation of subjectivity. Its answer this criticism distinguishing between intuition of an essence and knowledge of that essence and by insisting on the necessity of an eidetic investigation of consciousness, and concludes with a discussion of phenomenology’s claim to be the foundational science for philosophy.


Transcendental Phenomenology Essential Knowledge Pure Consciousness Transcendental Philosophy Phenomenological Philosophy 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of philosophyBoston CollegeChestnut HillUSA

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