Volume 13, 2013
On the Proper Use of Phenomenology Paul Ricoeur Centenary
The Husserl Heretics: Ricoeur, Levinas, and the French Reception of Husserlian Phenomenology
The legacy of Husserlian phenomenology in France, as Paul Ricœur observes, has inspired a series of “Husserlian heresies.” This paper seeks to shed
light on the Husserl heretics through a study of two influential thinkers who introduced Husserl’s to French readers: Levinas and Ricoeur. Their introductions
gave rise to the “standard picture” of Husserl as an Idealist. Their criticism of Husserl’s Idealism then provides the springboard into their own original
thought. What ultimately emerges from this, however, are two different visions of how phenomenology should relate to its own limits.