Early Writings in the Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics

(Husserliana: Edmund Husserl – Collected Works, 5) 1993rd Edition

Edmund Husserl

The primary intent of this volume is to give the English reader access to all the philosophical texts published by Husserl between the appearance of his first book, Philosophie der Arithmetik, and that of his second book, Logische Untersuchungen- roughly, from 1890 through 1901.

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


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This books gives the English reader access to nearly all of the shorter philosophical texts (published or unpublished) produced by Edmund Husserl between the appearance of his first book, Philosophie der Arithmetik, and that of his second book, Logische Untersuchungen -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 Along with these texts we have included a number of unpublished manuscripts from the same period and dealing with the same or closely related topics.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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Translator's Introduction

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

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