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Edmund Husserl was a highly prolific philosopher and mathematician and is considered one of the most influential thinkers of the twentieth century. He established phenomenology as a distinct methodology of thought. His legacy amounts to more than 40,000 pages of handwritten manuscripts, which have been accessible in full at the Husserl-Archives in Leuven, Freiburg and Cologne since 1950. Husserl’s written work has been analyzed and gradually brought into a published format over the course of these past 6 decades and published in the book series "Husserliana".


Edmund Husserl

(8. April 1859 - 27. April 1938)


Early life and Education

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  • 08.04.1859: Born in Proßnitz (Prostejov), Moravia
  • 1868: Studied at the Realgymnasiums der Leopoldvorstadt in Vienna and received his Matura within one year
  • 1876: Studied at the German Staatsgymnasium in Olmütz (Olomouc)


Studies, Doctorate und Habilitation

  • 1876: Studied astronomy, mathematics, physics, and philosophy in Leipzig
  • 1878: Studied mathematics and philosophy in Berlin
  • 1881: Studied mathematics in Vienna
  • 1882: Doctorate in Vienna. Dissertation in mathematics on “Beiträge zur Theorie der Variationsrechnung“ , followed by military service
  • 1884: Studied philosophy under the supervision of Franz Brentano
  • 1886: Moved to Halle where he wrote his Habilitation on “Über den Begriff der Zahl“ under the supervision of Carl Stumpf
  • 1887: Obtained his Dr. Habil.; Married Malvine Steinschneider


Academic Work

  • 1900/1901: "Logische Untersuchungen"
  • 1901: Appointed Professor at the University of Göttingen
  • 1913: "Ideen zu einer reinen Phänomenologie und phänomenologischen Philosophie"
  • 1916: Professorship at the University of Freiburg following on from Heinrich Rickert
  • 1922: Lectures in London: "Phänomenologische Methode und Phänomenologische Philosophie"
  • 1928: Retirement



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  • 1928: Lectures in Amsterdam: “Phänomenologische Psychologie“. Husserl becomes Foreign-Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Boston
  • 1929: Lectures in Paris: “Méditations cartésiennes
  • 1931: Lectures in Frankfurt, Berlin and Halle: “Phänomenologie und Anthropologie
  • 1932: Husserl becomes a correspondant to the Académie des Sciences Morales et Politiques de l´Institut de France
  • 1935: Lectures in Vienna: „Die Philosophie in der Krise der europäischen Menschheit“. Husserl becomes Fellow of The British Academy


During the Nazi regime

  • From 1933: Increasing isolation and obstruction to his work
  • 1936: Withdrawal of entitlement to teach; his attendance at the international philosophy congress in Paris prohibited
  • 1937: Husserl has to move out of his flat in the Lorettostraße 40; In July he moves to Schöneckstraße 6
  • 27.04.1938: Husserl dies
  • 1938: Husserl‘s complete works are secured by P. Herman Leo Van Breda OFM. The founding of the Husserl Archive in Leuven







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