Edmund Husserl and Eugen Fink Beginnings and Ends in Phenomenology, 1928-1938 Ronald Bruzina

Yale Studies in Hermeneutics
Publication date:
01 Nov 2011
658 pages: 229 x 152 x 36mm
1, black & white illustrations

Eugen Fink was Edmund Husserl's research assistant during the last decade of the renowned phenomenologist's life, a period in which Husserl's philosophical ideas were radically recast. In this landmark book, Ronald Bruzina shows that Fink was actually a collaborator with Husserl, contributing indispensable elements to their common enterprise. Drawing on hundreds of hitherto unknown notes and drafts by Fink, Bruzina highlights the scope and depth of his theories and critiques. He places these philosophical formulations in their historical setting, organizes them around such key themes as the world, time, life, and the concept and methodological place of the "meontic," and demonstrates that they were a pivotal impetus for the renewing of "regress to the origins" in transcendental-constitutive phenomenology.

?[A] monumental work of historical reconstruction and philosophical reflection?[Bruzina] construct[s] a much richer tale, as dramatic in human terms as it is fruitful philosophically. ? [A] remarkable excavation of a chapter in the early history of phenomenology?? - Steven Crowell, The Times Literary Supplement