Phenomenology of Life and the New Critique of Reason: From Husserl’s Philosophy to the Phenomenology of Life and of the Human Condition
The main concern of Husserl’s phenomenology, as he presented it himself in his lectures of 1906–17, is the critique of reason with all the usual ramification of issues involved: those of the philosophy of mind, of anthropology, and, above all, of the perennial philosophical quest for a basis for the unity of all of the branches of cognition, which quest in modern philosophy has taken the form of a quest for a mathesis universalis. Husserl’s proposing phenomenology as a critique of reason and a mathesis universalis dates from the very beginning of our century. However as Bertrand Russell rightly pointed out, the progress of life and culture in a given historical period puts ever new demands upon the philosopher and the phenomenology of the day.
KeywordsHuman Condition Human Mind Pure Reason Intelligible Sense Human Universe
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