The Philosophy of Edmund Husserl


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Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), known as the founder of the phenomenological movement, was one of the most influential philosophers of the twentieth century. A prolific scholar, he explored an enormous landscape of philosophical subjects, including philosophy of math, logic, theory of meaning, theory of consciousness and intentionality, and ontology in addition to phenomenology.


This deeply insightful book traces the development of Husserl’s thought from his earliest investigations in philosophy—informed by his work as a mathematician—to his publication of Ideas in 1913. Jitendra N. Mohanty, an internationally renowned Husserl scholar, presents a masterful study that illuminates Husserl’s central concerns and provides a definitive assessment of the first phases of the philosopher’s career.

Jitendra N. Mohanty has taught philosophy in India, the United States, and Germany, and has written several highly regarded books on Edmund Husserl. He lives in Ambler, PA.

"This marvelous book is a major undertaking, possessed with exceptional insight and precision in its treatment of the first two phases of the long and difficult path of Edmund Husserl’s philosophical development. It takes a seasoned thinker to carry off such a project. We are most fortunate to have such a person in Professor J.N. Mohanty."—Donn Welton, author of The Other Husserl:The Horizons of Transcendental Phenomenology

“No other scholars come close to J.N Mohanty in the depth of their insights or their mastery of Husserl’s works.  This is Mohanty’s summa, his definitive attempt to figure Husserl out once and for all. The result is a great success, a deeply insightful reading of one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century.”—David Carr, Emory University

"This book crowns Mohanty’s fifty-eight years of Husserl studies. His scholarship, clarity, and nuanced understanding of the philosophical issues have given us a great book on a great philosopher."—Dagfinn Føllesdal, Stanford University

"[T]his comprehensive study of the transformations undergone by Husserl's thought during his formative years. . .is a remarkably impressive work of scholarship. . . . [It is Mohanty's] most impressive book to date." —Kent Still, Journal of the History of Philosophy

"If the advancement of phenomenological psychology depends upon an accurate grasp of Husserl's philosophy, the reading of this book will go a long way toward the achievement of that goal.  It is clearly written text by a distinguished Husserlian scholar." —Amedeo Giorgi, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology

Gold medal winner of the 2008 Book of the Year Award in the category of Philosophy, presented by ForeWord magazine.
ISBN: 9780300124583
Publication Date: June 17, 2008
464 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
9 b/w illus.
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