Husserl vs. Dilthey — A Controversy Over the Concept of Reason

  • Slawomira Walczewska
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 34)


It seems that there should be no polemics between these two thinkers. Dilthey’s philosophy of life which holds the concept of irrational and cognizably inexhaustible life to be fundamental reality is radically different from Husserl’s phenomenology which is based on the concept of intentionality and the correlation of consciousness and the world implied by that concept. According to that correlation it is nonsense to accept either non-cognitive consciousness or non-cognizable reality. Meanwhile the history of the intellectual contact between the two philosophers shows how many convergences can be found in their views and also how many misunderstandings there were in their own interpretations of differences between their opinions.


World View Historical Form Exact Science Philosophical System Universal Validity 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Slawomira Walczewska
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  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityPoland

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