The Language Problem in Husserl’s Phenomenology

  • Renzo Raggiunti
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 11)


A need for an interpretation of the concept of formal logic prompted Husserl’s examination of the problem of language in his Logical Researches. The point of view of Husserl’s examination, as well as the manner in which he interpreted language, are two connected aspects of the same problem. In addition, there are other aspects of Husserl’s inquiry, rich in implications and results and passing beyond the limits of a critical cognitive study of language conceived as constituting an introduction and basis of pure logic.


Linguistic Expression Logical Research Intentional Content Universal Grammar Predicative Experience 
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