“For a new world”: On the practical impulse of Husserlian theory [Book Review]

Husserl Studies 23 (1):17–31 (2007)
Abstract
The thesis of this article is that in Husserlian phenomenology there is no opposition between theory and praxis. On the contrary, he understands the former to serve the latter, so as to usher in a new world. The means for doing is the phenomenological reduction or epoché. It gives the phenomenologist access to the starting point, the “first things,” and orients his/her striving towards reason and the renewal of humanity. Careful attention to the significance of the epoché also sheds light on Husserl’s understanding of the relationship of phenomenology not only to philosophy but also to the other sciences. Though an exposition of the “phenomenology of the philosophical vocation” which Husserl sketched in the 1920s, e.g., in his Kaizo articles and lectures on first philosophy, the author seeks to shore up his thesis.
Keywords Crisis  Epoché  Husserl  Idealism  Phenomenology  Philosophical vocation  Practical philosophy  Reduction  Renewal
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