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

Yale Studies in Hermeneutics
Publication date:
11 Dec 2004
Yale University Press
658 pages: 235 x 156mm
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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

"This book constitutes a watershed in our understanding of the phenomenological movement, and should become a basic reference work for all workers in the field."?Theodore Kisiel, Distinguished Research Professor of Philosophy, Northern Illinois University

?Even many who consider themselves phenomenologists will not be aware of much that is in this book. Bruzina?s writing is clear and elegant, and he surely deserves to be richly congratulated for having produced a masterly work. Highly recommended.??Choice

"Anyone who has a serious interest in the phenomenological movement will certainly find Edmund Husserl and Eugen Fink well worth reading."?Christopher Adair-Toteff, British Journal for the History of Philosophy

"A very important book for the phenomenological movement."?Amedeo Giorgi, Journal of Phenomenological Psychology