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Maynooth Philosophical Papers

Volume 9, 2018

Cyril McDonnell
Pages 81-112
DOI: 10.5840/mpp201810305

The Origins of the Husserl-Heidegger Philosophical Dispute in Twentieth-Century Phenomenology

This paper investigates the different ‘scientific’ methods of enquiry that were proposed by Brentano, Dilthey, and Husserl in late nineteenth-century philosophy as background to understanding the philosophical dispute that later emerged between Husserl and Heidegger regarding the definition of phenomenology in the twentieth century. It argues that once Heidegger accepts both Dilthey’s approach and hermeneutic method of enquiry into human experiences, he is unable to follow Husserl in his development of Brentano’s idea of a descriptive science of consciousness and its objectivities into an eidetic science of pure intentional consciousness.