Husserl Studies

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 163–169 | Cite as

Sebastian Luft: Subjectivity and Lifeworld in Transcendental Phenomenology

Northwestern University Press, Evanston, IL, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8101-2743-2, 450 pp, US-$ 89.95 (hardbound)
  • David Carr

As the title suggests, Sebastian Luft’s book concerns Husserl’s mature thought, from the “transcendental turn” of Ideas I to the latest works of the 1930s. Even though its various chapters have been published separately before, it makes up a coherent whole and works well as a book. Transitional passages have been added to tie the chapters together. The book is clearly the work of a thorough and consummate Husserl scholar who has a grasp of all the works, published, posthumously published, and still unpublished. And no wonder: Luft is a true insider, who worked in the Archives at Leuven for a number of years and edited one of the volumes (Hua XXXIV) of Husserliana.

First, an aside prompted by the title and what I claim it “suggests:” The title doesn’t mention Husserl and there is no subtitle. Further, my copy has nothing on the back cover. So how do we know, before even opening it, that it is about Husserl? It would seem that “transcendental phenomenology” is just another name for...


Logical Investigation Natural Attitude Transcendental Phenomenology Phenomenological Reduction German Idealism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA

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