Mahnke Kriegsberichte and Wolfgang Husserl Kriegsbriefe

Two wonderful resources have appeared on the blog of sdvig press in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the First World War:

1. Dietrich Mahnke’s war memoirs – Mahnke Kriegsberichte (1914-1918)

  • Dietrich Mahnke’s war memoirs, originally published as Kriegstaten und Schicksale Ref. Inf. Regiments 75 1914-18 (1932), will eventually be accompanied by the online distribution of the extant series of letters that Husserl sent to Mahnke during the Great War, as well as Mahnke’s wartime publications.  These resources are being made available through the combined efforts of Dr. Patrick Flack at sdvig press, the Husserl Archives Leuven, and NASEP.

2. Wolfgang Husserl’s battlefront letters – Wolfgang Husserl Kriegsbriefe

  • This is the first time that Wolfgang Husserl’s battlefront letters have been published. Wolfgang Husserl was killed in action on March 8, 1916, during the battle of Verdun, France.  Wolfgang was also close with David Hilbert’s wife, Käthe Hilbert, which you can read about in an earlier post on our blog.

Call for Abstracts – NASEP 2015 at UNAM, Mexico City

We are pleased to announce the following Call for Abstracts:

The North American Society for Early Phenomenology

The Great Phenomenological Schism:
Reactions to Husserl’s Transcendental Idealism

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico City

June 3-6th, 2015

Keynote speakers:
Hanne Jacobs (Loyola University, Chicago)
Burt Hopkins (Seattle University)

Workshops with:
Sebastian Luft (Marquette University)
Antonio Zirión (UNAM)

The second schism in phenomenology, Husserl’s confrontation with Heidegger and the emergence of existential phenomenology, is well known among philosophers.  However, the first schism, what we call here the Great Phenomenological schism, is far less understood.  Between 1905 and 1913, Husserl’s phenomenology underwent an important transformation, as we see in documents such as his Seefeld manuscripts, the five lectures on The Idea of Phenomenology, and Ideas I.  Husserl’s phenomenology began as a form of descriptive psychology, but after the discovery of the phenomenological reduction and a serious re-reading of Kant, it developed into a form of transcendental idealism.  This change baffled many of Husserl’s students, and drew the ire of some of his contemporaries – creating a division between the transcendental and the realist phenomenologists.  This is presumably the distinction Husserl had in mind when he told Dietrich von Hildebrand that he divided his followers into two groups: the white sheep and the black sheep.  Following Husserl’s move to Freiburg, divisions among the early phenomenologists became firmly entrenched.

The theme of this conference will be the reaction to Husserl’s transcendental turn, both by his students and his contemporaries, as well as Husserl’s attempts to respond to the criticisms of his transcendental phenomenology.  Topics would include the realism/idealism debate among the early phenomenologists, criticisms of the idea of phenomenological reflection and the reductions, the argument for existence of the transcendental ego, the problem of the external world, the justification of the intentionality thesis, the relationship between Husserl’s phenomenology and idealism, discussions of transcendental philosophy in Husserl’s lecture courses and manuscripts from 1905-23, etc.  We strongly encourage papers documenting the criticisms of Husserl put forward by Adolf Reinach, Max Scheler, Carl Stumpf, Edith Stein, Roman Ingarden, Johannes Daubert, Maximilian Beck, and other members of the Göttingen and Munich Circles.  We are also interested in the reactions of Husserl’s early Freiburg students, many of whom only engaged Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology after the First World War. Finally, papers on early students who followed Husserl’s transcendental turn and defended Ideas I against its detractors, are also welcomed.

Abstracts should be 400-600 words, and include a short bibliography.  All abstracts must be prepared for blind review and sent via email in .doc or .rtf format to Dr. Rodney K.B. Parker (

Both senior researchers and graduate students are encouraged to submit.

Deadline for submissions is February 20th, 2015.

Decisions will be sent out no later than March, 16th, 2015

Organizers – Rodney Parker, Ignacio Quepons, and Jethro Bravo

Hosts – Antonio Zirión and Seminario de Estudios Básicos de Fenomenología Trascendental.

A .pdf of this Call for Abstracts can be found here.

Deadline Extension – Studia Phaenomenologica: Early Phenomenology

The deadline for submissions to the upcoming issue of Studia Phaenomenologica on Early Phenomenology (2015) has been extended to August 15th.  So if you missed the first deadline, there is still time!

Remember, papers should be no longer than 75.000 characters, including spaces and footnotes, and should be sent in .doc or .rtf format to for blind review.

The editors are also looking for book reviews of works that are relevant to the theme of the issue.  If you are interested in submitting a review, please contact the editors.

Alexandre Koyré’s thesis defense

What follows is a translation of Alexandre Kojève’s account of Alexandre Koyré’s doctoral defense on March 1st, 1929.   As you’ll see from the text below, Husserl was in attendance for Koyre’s defense.  The event took place between Husserl’s Paris and Strasbourg lectures.  A copy of the original Russian text is attached.

Kozhevnikov, A. “The defence of A. V. Koyré’s Thesis,” Eurasia 16 (1929), p.8

– Translated from the Russian by Anna Yampolskaya, Russian State University for the Humanities

The defence of Koyré’s thesis took place on the 1st of March in Sorbonne. As per the stated university rules, two theses were presented, the primary, entitled The Philosophy of Jakob Böhme (1929. Paris: Vrin) and the supplementary, Philosophy and the National problem in Russia at the beginning of the 19th century (1929. Paris: Champion). Koyré’s opponents for each thesis were, respectively, MM. [???] Oman and [Louis] Eisenmann for the supplementary, and MM. [Étienne] Gilson, [Léon] Brunschvicg and [Émile] Brehier for the primary. A number of Sorbonne professors were also in attendance, as was [Edmund] Husserl, Koyré’s teacher, who was invited to sit among them as an honorary guest.

It must be stated that such was the candidate’s reputation that this was less of a defence but more of a celebration in his honour. The supplementary thesis was held to be of such quality that it could have been submitted as a primary thesis in its own right. This was particularly remarkable considering that neither works were greatly overlapping and as such were a testament to the candidate’s worth. Gilson, who had also considered the primary thesis, went through and described the candidate’s previous works, stating that his monograph on Anselm of Canterbury was the best in the field. Likewise, Gilson noted the huge amount of work that the candidate performed in exploring and understanding the sources and influences of Böhme, work that had not actually been reflected in the thesis itself. He concluded stating that this thesis was one of the greatest books on the history of philosophy and was exactly what everyone had expected from the candidate.

As any critical comments were only of superficial concern with regards to the text, it is not necessary to restate them at this stage. The defence concluded when the jury conferred on Koyré the degree of Doctor.

A. K

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Reading Room update – Vasily Sesemann and a handful of reviews

After a wonderful conference in Boston, and a long hiatus in posting new content to our Reading Room, here is a list of some of the newer items that you can find on our site.  We hope you take the time to give some of them a read!

Vasily Sesemann – Beiträge zum Erkenntnisproblem. Über gegenständliches und ungegenständliches Wissen (1927).

Charles Serrus –  “L’oeuvre Philosophique d’Edmund Husserl – Le réel phénoménologique,” Les Études philosophiques, 4:2/3, December 1930, pp. 126-133.

George Dawes Hicks – “Survey of Recent Philosophical the Theological Literature,” The Hibbert Journal XII (1914), pp. 198-205.

  • The survey begins with the claim that the work of Alexius Meinong and Edmund Husserl are the most important recent contributions to philosophy from the German speaking world, and then some comments on the first volume of the Jahrbuch.

Oskar Ewald – “German Philosophy in 1913 (Translated by F.H. Knight),” The Philosophical Review XXIII (1914), pp. 615-633.

  • In this overview, the Czech born Oskar Ewald (Friedländer) situates Husserl’s Ideen I within a larger constellation of German philosophers working in the wake of Kant.

Rudolf Hirsch – [Rezensionen] “W. Jerusalem Der kritische Idealismus und die reine Logik,” Zeitschrift für Philosophie und philosophische Kritik 134 (1909), pp.266-274.

  • Hirsch was a member of the Munich Circle off and on from 1899-1912.  He also served for a time as the personal secretary of Franz Brentano.  In this review, Hirsch defends Hermann Cohen and Husserl against the attacks of Wilhelm Jerusalem.

CFP: “Husserl and the Subject” – Journal: Discipline Filosofiche

Discipline Filosofiche invites submissions on the following topic:
Figures, functions and critique of subjectivity from the Husserlian phenomenology
Volume XXV (2015)
Editor: Emanuele Mariani

Among the many ways of interpreting Husserl’s phenomenology, one in particular seems to display undisputed evidence, identifying it without much hesitation to a philosophy of the subject. There are however many problematic aspects to this identification, corresponding to as many moments of the analysis such as the rejection of the “pure I”, for instance, and its subsequent rehabilitation in the passage that leads from the Logical Investigations to the explication of the transcendental method. Additional questions pertain to the subject brought back to its corporal substrate and inscribed in an intersubjective relationship or placed at the very foundation of the world’s transcendence.
These and other vicissitudes have coincided with a process to “put subjectivity on trial” which has never ceased to animate the phenomenologically-inspired debate, from the neo-Kantian critique to the Heideggerian existential revision, from Sartre to Merleau-Ponty, from Ricoeur and Levinas to Henry and to the most recent proposal of Jean-Luc Marion, without forgetting of course the contributions of analytical philosophy, centred on the “mind-body” problem, on the significance of consciousness or on the relationship between the “first person” and the “third person”.

The purpose of the present issue of Discipline Filosofiche is to shed some light on the problems relating to the theme of “subjectivity”, both with Husserl and in relation to the grammar of thought which has confronted itself with Husserlian phenomenology. Possible topics therefore include – however without limitation – the relationship between the “empirical I” and the “transcendental I”; the problem of “reflection” and the access to consciousness; ipseity; will; the body; temporality; the pragmatic, the anthropological and the performative dimensions of the subject.
Submission guidelines

Contributions can be addressed in English, Italian, German or French and shall not exceed 9,000 words including abstract, references and footnotes. They should be prepared for anonymous refereeing and sent as email attachment in Microsoft Word as well as in a pdf version to Contributions will be sent to two independent reviewers in a double-blind procedure prior to the publication decision. Authors may be requested to change or improve their articles upon suggestion by reviewers. Please attach both a fully-blinded version of your paper as a “Manuscript” and a separate “Cover page” indicating the full name of the author, academic titles, university affiliation and full contact details. The submission shall contain an abstract in English, not exceeding 150 words. For further details, please see guidelines (all submissions will be acknowledged). Submitted manuscripts can be formatted in any clear and consistent style, although authors finalizing their papers for publication will be required to hand in a final version that respects the journal’s stylistic rules (please download “Style guidelines” for reference). Submission of a contribution is understood to imply that the paper has not been published before and is not being considered for publication by any other journal. The publication of a paper implies waiver by the author of his copyright; the copyright can thereafter be requested from the journal for future publication.
Deadline for submission: March 31, 2015
Notification of acceptance, conditional acceptance or rejection: May 31, 2015.
Final version due by: June 31, 2015

NASEP 2014 conference poster and schedule

NASEP’s annual conference is just around the corner – April 4th-6th.  This year, we are graciously hosted by Dr. Andrea Staiti at Boston College.  Our theme this year is Early Influences of Phenomenology: Neo-Kantianism, American Pragmatism, Experimental Psychology, et al.  It is our pleasure to announce that this year we have 30 presenters from across North American and Europe, as well as 6 plenary speakers!

Here is a copy of our poster for the event, as well as a copy of the full conference schedule.  If you are in the Boston area, we hope to see you there!


The Women of Early Phenomenology

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we felt it appropriate to acknowledge the work of the female students of Edmund Husserl or women in some way associated with the early phenomenological movement.  Not all of these women were phenomenologists, but many of them contributed directly or indirectly to philosophy, psychology, mathematics, and women’s rights.

In our Reading Room, you will find writings by a handful of these women.  It is our sincere hope that in the future we will be able to provide comprehensive access to the extant materials by all of the women who were involved in the early phenomenological movement.  We would ask that anyone who has access and the rights to such materials to contact us.  With your support, perhaps a future NASEP event could be dedicated to the women of early phenomenology.

Here is a list of just some of these women, so that they can be known by name rather than simply as Husserl’s female students.  Please let us know the names of anyone we have missed.

Hannah Arendt
Charlotte Bühler (née Malachowski)
Ilse Busse-Proesler
Margarete Calinich
Hedwig Conrad-Martius
Erika Gothe
Käte Hamburger
Rosa Heine-Katz
Elizabeth Heymann
Anna Hoffa

Amalie (Adelgundis) Jaegerschmid
Frau Lande
Zagorka Mićić
Maria Offenberg
Margarete Ortmann
Frau Ortner
Frau Pluicke
Elisabeth Rohde
Erica Sehl
Edith Stein
Frau Tischendorfer
Else Voigtländer
Gerda Walther
Helene Weyl (née Joseph)

Reading Room update – Schapp, Driesch, and Salmon

Now in the Reading Room you will find Wilhelm Schapp’s dissertation Beiträge zur Phänomenologie der Wahrnehmung (1910), Hans Driesch’s essay Die Phänomenologie und ihre Vieldeutigkeit (1931), and Christopher Verney Salmon’s “The Starting Point of Husserl’s Phenomenology,” from the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, New Series, Vol. 30, (1929 – 1930), pp. 55-78.
We hope that you find these items useful for your research.

In addition, we would also like to share with you the Lebenslauf of Else Voigtländer, from her 1910 dissertation, Uber die Typen des Selbstgefuhls.  Below is a rough translation of the text, and an image of the original.

I, Else Voigtländer, was born in Kreuznach on the Nahe on 14 April, 1882 – the daughter of publisher and book dealer R. Voigtländer.  After my parents moved to Leipzig, I attended the private school for girls of Mathilde Büttner in Leipzig-Gohlis from the fall of 1888 to the fall of 1895, and then that of Marie Bauer in Leipzig from the fall of 1895 to Easter 1898.  From Easter 1899 to the fall of 1903, I attended high school courses for women in Leipzig, and in the fall of 1903 I received my diploma from the Neustädter Gymnasium in Dresden.  After I had busied myself with learning several sciences in Leipzig, I turned to the study of psychology and philosophy.  From Easter 1905 I studied in Munich, especially under the direction of Professor Lipps and later under that of Professor Pfänder.  On 19 November 1909, I had my oral examination in Munich.

Voigtlaender Lebenslauf