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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 10, 2010

Phenomenology and Psychology

Peter A. Varga
Pages 135-161
DOI: 10.7761/SP.10.135

Psychologism as Positive Heritage of Husserl’s Phenomenological Philosophy

Husserl is famous for his critique of foundational psychologism. However, his relationship to psychologism is not entirely negative. His conception of philosophy is indebted also to nineteenth-century ideas of a psychological foundation of logic and philosophy. This is manifest both in historical influences on Husserl and in debates between Husserl and his contemporaries. These areas are to be investigated, with a particular focus on the Logical Investigations and the works from the period of Husserl’s transition to the transcendental phenomenology. It is hoped that the investigation could contribute towards the better understanding of Husserl’s idea of the foundation of his phenomenology.