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A collection of sayings and quotes by Edmund Husserl on ideas, phenomenology, logical-investigations, books, influenced, thoughts, works, science and experience.

24 Best Edmund Husserl Quotes

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Famous As
Mathematician, Philosopher, University teacher

Born On
08 April 1859 AD

Died On
27 April 1938 AD

Born In
Prostějov

Died At Age
79

Edmund Husserl was a celebrated German philosopher who is accredited with establishing the school of phenomenology. His early works included elaborate critiques of psychologism in logic and of historicism. He also worked towards developing ‘phenomenological reduction’, a kind of systematic foundational science. His works, philosophies, thoughts and researches have profoundly influenced the philosophical landscape of the twentieth century. He is considered as an eminent figure in the world of contemporary philosophy. Here is a compilation of quotes and sayings by the distinguished philosophy that will give you a glimpse of his prolific mind. Take a look at the quotes and thoughts by Edmund Husserl on virtue, consciousness, true, possible, itself, criticism, cognitive, psychology, speak, original, together, unity, researches, conscious, life, spiritual, perfection, reflection, nature, world etc which are sure to enlighten you.

I must achieve internal consistency.

- Edmund Husserl

I had to philosophize. Otherwise, I could not live in this world.

- Edmund Husserl

Experience by itself is not science.

- Edmund Husserl

To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness.

- Edmund Husserl

To every object there correspond an ideally closed system of truths that are true of it and, on the other hand, an ideal system of possible cognitive processes by virtue of which the object and the truths about it would be given to any cognitive subject.

- Edmund Husserl

Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other.

- Edmund Husserl

Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.

- Edmund Husserl

At the lowest cognitive level, they are processes of experiencing, or, to speak more generally, processes of intuiting that grasp the object in the original.

- Edmund Husserl

Merely fact-minded sciences make merely fact-minded people.

- Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, Edmund Husserl

The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness.

- Edmund Husserl

We would be in a nasty position indeed if empirical science were the only kind of science possible.

- Edmund Husserl

Pure phenomenology claims to be the science of pure phenomena. This concept of the phenomenon, which was developed under various names as early as the eighteenth century without being clarified, is what we shall have to deal with first of all.

- Edmund Husserl

It just is nothing foreign to consciousness at all that could present itself to consciousness through the mediation of phenomena different from the liking itself; to like is intrinsically to be conscious.

- Edmund Husserl

Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete, full idea of what pure mathematical research is like or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.

- Edmund Husserl

Something similar is still true of the courses followed by manifold intuitions which together make up the unity of one continuous consciousness of one and the same object.

- Edmund Husserl

Natural objects, for example, must be experienced before any theorizing about them can occur.

- Edmund Husserl

In all the areas within which the spiritual life of humanity is at work, the historical epoch wherein fate has placed us is an epoch of stupendous happenings.

- Edmund Husserl

Philosophy as science, as serious, rigorous, indeed apodictically rigorous science -- the dream is over.

- Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, Edmund Husserl

If all consciousness is subject to essential laws in a manner similar to that in which spatial reality is subject to mathematical laws, then these essential laws will be of most fertile significance in investigating facts of the conscious life of human and brute animals.

- Edmund Husserl

What is thematically posited is only what is given, by pure reflection, with all its immanent essential moments absolutely as it is given to pure reflection.

- Edmund Husserl

Zu den Sachen selbst!

- Edmund Husserl

Psychologically experienced consciousness is therefore no longer pure consciousness; construed Objectively in this way, consciousness itself becomes something transcendent, becomes an event in that spatial world which appears, by virtue of consciousness, to be transcendent.

- Edmund Husserl

The actuality of all of material Nature is therefore kept out of action and that of all corporeality along with it, including the actuality of my body, the body of the cognizing subject.

- Edmund Husserl

In a few decades of reconstruction, even the mathematical natural sciences, the ancient archetypes of theoretical perfection, have changed habit completely!

- Edmund Husserl