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The "crisis" as leitmotiv of Husserl's thought

Philip Buckley

pp. 55-78

As has been shown in the previous chapter, Husserl makes very clear in his Crisis-text that a proper comprehension of the present-day crisis demands historical understanding. This understanding can be obtained by a "questioning-back" (Rückfrage) into the origin of the sciences which have entered such a precarious state. In order to describe and to understand properly the present, one must look into the past. In analogous fashion, insight into Husserl's mature notion of crisis is gained by investigating the development of Husserl's own thought from its original impetus to its final expression. Indeed, it can be claimed that the realization of a "crisis" of one sort or another is the driving force of Husserl's philosophy from beginning to end. The concept of crisis thus forms an excellent hermeneutical key to Husserl's oeuvre in its entirety. The primary aim of this chapter is to clarify our understanding of Husserl's view of the crisis by attempting to grasp the shape of his philosophy as a whole.1 In particular, the focus will be on how Husserl was confronted continually with the phenomenon which he later was to identify with Galileo: namely, science progressing at an accelerated pace while at the same time it seems to be less and less capable of comprehending itself and its origin.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-011-2470-6_4

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Buckley, P. (1992). The "crisis" as leitmotiv of Husserl's thought, in Husserl, Heidegger and the crisis of philosophical responsibility, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 55-78.

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