Husserl's Constitutive Phenomenology
Its Problem and Promise
Routledge – 2009 – 244 pages
Series: Studies in Philosophy
If Edmund Husserl's true philosophy lay in his unpublished research manuscripts, as he argues, then it is in these – rather than the "introductions" and fragmentary studies he published during his lifetime – that we may possibly find a systematic of his philosophy. This work constitutes a study of the full range of Husserl's writings with the special task of uncovering there the systematic presentation or presentations of the transcendental phenomenological problematic. Sandmeyer's study contains an overview of Husserl's total set of writings, a translation of Husserl correspondence with Georg Misch, a translation of a draft outline of the "system of phenomenological philosophy" produced by Husserl in collaboration with his assistant, Eugen Fink, and it also closely traces the influence of Wilhelm Dilthey on Husserl's philosophy.
Introduction; 1: A Question of Focus; 2: A Unitary Impulse: Husserl's Confrontation with Dilthey; 3: Husserl's "Constitutive" Phenomenology; 4: The System of Phenomenological Philosophy; Conclusion; Appendix 1: Writings Published By Husserl; Appendix 2: Draft Arrangements of Edmund Husserl's Bernau Investigations; Appendix 3: Systems of Phenomenological Philosophy; Selected Bibliography
Bob Sandmeyer is a lecturer at the University of Kentucky. He contributes book reviews to the Journal of the History of Philosophy, and has maintained the website The Husserl Page (husserlpage.com) since 1996.