Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Edmund Husserl: Pioneer of Transcendental-Phenomenological Idealism

This controversial philosopher was born in the Czech Republic in Prossnitz, which is now known as Prostějov. Although Jewish by birth, Husserl converted to Catholicism in 1887.  His Jewish origins exposed him to persecution by the Nazis, and towards the end of his life, excluded him from German academic life.

He developed a philosophy that was, basically, a systematic analysis of experiences, in other words, Phenomenology.  He sees the world not as an actuality, but as an actuality-phenomenon.  He acknowledges that he exists, but claims that all that is “not-I” is phenomena.

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