Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics

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Book by Edmund Husserl

Translated and edited by Dallas Willard (University of Southern California)

This books gives the English reader access to nearly all of the shorter philosophical texts (published or unpublished) produced by Edmund Husserl between the appearance of his first book, Philosophie der Arithmetik, and that of his second book, Logische Untersuchungen - roughly, from 1890 through 1901. Along with these texts we have included a number of unpublished manuscripts from the same period and dealing with the same or closely related topics. A few of the texts here translated (the review of Pahigyi, the five "report" articles of 1903-1904, the "notes" in Lalande's Vocabulaire, and the brief discussion. article on Marty of 1910) obviously fall outside this time period, so far as their publication dates are concerned; but in content they seem clearly confined to it. The final piece translated, a set of personal notes that date from 1906 through 1908, provides insight into how Husserl experienced his early labors and their results, and into how he saw their relation to work before him: a phenomenological critique of reason in all of its forms. Thus the texts here translated - which obviously are to be read in conjunction with his first two books - cover the progression of Husserl's Problematik from the relatively narrow one of clarifying the epistemic structure of general arithmetic, to the all-encompassing one of establishing in principle, through phenomenological research, the line between legitimate and illegitimate claims to know or to be rational, regardless of the domain concerned.


`... prepared in close collaboration with the Husserl Archive in Louvain. It is well designed, and there is no question about the scholarly value of this translation. Moreover, the book should serve as an excellent entrance point into Husserl's philosophy of mathematics...' 
– Philosophia Mathematica, 9:2 (2001) 

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(Dordrecht/Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1993) 548 pp., ISBN: 0792322622. Edited under the auspices of the Husserl-Archives, Louvain, Belgium.


Translator's Introduction
Chapter 1: The Concept of General Arithmetic
Chapter 2: Arithmetic as an A Priori Science
Chapter 3. Letter from E. Husserl to Carl Stumpf
Chapter 4: On the Logic of Signs (Semiotic)
Chapter 5: Review of Ernst Schröder's Vorlesungen über die Algebra der Logik
Chapter 6: The Deductive Calculus and the Logic of Contents
Chapter 7: Addenda: the Deductive Calculus and the Logic of Contents
Chapter 8: A. Voigt's 'Elemental Logic', in relation to my Statements on the Logic of the Logical Calculus
Chapter 9: Concerning the Calculus of the Logic of Contents: Rejoinder to Mr. Husserl's Article (by A. Voigt)
Chapter 10: Husserl's Reply to the Foregoing 'Rejoinder'
Chapter 11: Psychological Studies in the Elements of Logic
Chapter 12: Report on German Writings in Logic from the Year 1894
Chapter 13: Review of Melchior Palágyi's Der Streit der Psychologisten und Formalisten in der modernen Logik
Chapter 14: Report on German Writings in Logic: from the Years 1895-1899
Chapter 15: Comments in Lalande, Vocabulaire technique et critique de la philosophie
Chapter 16: Review of A. Marty, Untersuchungen zur Grundlegung der allgemeinen Grammatik und Sprachphilosophie
Chapter 17: Intuition and Repräsentation, Intention and Fulfilment
Chapter 18: Intentional Objects
Chapter 19: Discussion of K. Twardowski, Zur Lehre vom Inhalt und Gegenstand der Vorstellungen
Chapter 20: Discussion of H. Cornelius, Versuch einer Gheorie der Existentialurteile
Chapter 21: Appendices to Husserliana XXII
Chapter 22: 'Personal Notes'.

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