Hume and Husserl

Towards Radical Subjectivism

  • Richard T. Murphy

Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 79)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Richard T. Murphy
    Pages 1-9
  3. Richard T. Murphy
    Pages 10-28
  4. Richard T. Murphy
    Pages 29-59
  5. Richard T. Murphy
    Pages 60-98
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  7. Richard T. Murphy
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 141-149

About this book


To become fully aware of the original and radical character of his transcendental phenomenology Edmund Husserl must be located within the historical tradition of Western philosophy. Although he was not a historian of philosophy, Husserl's his­ torical reflections convinced him that phenomenology is the necessary culmination of a centuries-old endeavor and the solution to the contemporary crisis in European science and European humanity itself.l This teleological viewpoint re­ quires the commentator to consider the tradition of Western philosophy from Husserl's own perspective. Husserl maintained that the Cartesian tum to the "Cogito" represents the crucial breakthrough in the historical advance of Western thought toward philosophy as rigorous science. Hence 2 he concentrated almost exclusively on the modem era. Much has been written of Husserl's relationship to Descartes, Kant, and the neo-Kantians. His connections with Locke, Berkeley, and Hume have not been examined as closely despite his fre­ quent allusions to these British empiricists. Among these thinkers David Hume gained from Husserl the more extensive considera tion. Commentators have pointed out correctly that Husserl always criticized unsparingly Hume's sheer empiricistic approach to the problem of cognition. Such an approach, in Husserl's view, can only result in the "naturalization of consciousness" from which stem that "psychologism" and "sensualism" which lead Hume inevitably into the contradictory impasse of solipsism 3 and skepticism.


David Hume Edmund Husserl phenomenology skepticism subject time

Authors and affiliations

  • Richard T. Murphy
    • 1
  1. 1.Boston CollegeUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1980
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-8258-9
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-4392-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0079-1350
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