Husserl’s Phenomenologization of Hume: Reflections on Husserl’s Method of Epoché

Philosophy Today 45 (5):28-36 (2001)
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This paper argues that Husserl’s method is partially driven by an attempt to avoid certain absurdities inherent in Hume’s epistemology. In this limited respect, we may say that Hume opened the door to phenomenology, but as a sacrificial lamb. However, Hume was well aware of his self-defeating position, and perhaps, in some respects, the need for an alternative. Moreover, Hume’s “mistakes” may have incited Husserl’s discovery of the epoche, and thus, transcendental phenomenology.

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Stefanie Rocknak
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