Inspirational Edmund Husserl Quotes

Edmund Husserl (8 April 1859 – 27 April 1938) was a German philosopher. This post features some Inspirational Edmund Husserl Quotes.

He established the school of phenomenology. In his early work, he elaborated critiques of historicism and of psychologism in logic based on analyses of intentionality.

In his mature work, he sought to develop a systematic foundational science based on the so-called phenomenological reduction.

Arguing that transcendental consciousness sets the limits of all possible knowledge, Husserl re-defined phenomenology as a transcendental-idealist philosophy.

Husserl’s thought profoundly influenced the landscape of twentieth-century philosophy, and he remains a notable figure in contemporary philosophy and beyond.

Husserl studied mathematics under Karl Weierstrass and Leo Königsberger, and philosophy under Franz Brentano and Carl Stumpf.

He taught philosophy as a Privatdozent at Halle from 1887, then as professor, first at Göttingen from 1901, then at Freiburg from 1916 until he retired in 1928, after which he remained highly productive. Following an illness, he died at Freiburg in 1938.

Edmund Husserl Quotes
Edmund Husserl Quotes

Edmund Husserl Quotes

“I had to philosophize. Otherwise, I could not live in this world.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Merely fact-minded sciences make merely fact-minded people.”
― Edmund Husserl

“I must achieve internal consistency.”
― Edmund Husserl

“I seek not to instruct but only to lead, to point out and describe what I see. I claim no other right than that of speaking according to my best lights, principally before myself but in the same manner also before others, as one who has lived in all its seriousness the fate of a philosophical existence.”
― Edmund Husserl

“To begin with, we put the proposition: pure phenomenology is the science of pure consciousness.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Philosophy as science, as serious, rigorous, indeed apodictically rigorous science — the dream is over.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Within this widest concept of object, and specifically within the concept of individual object, Objects and phenomena stand in contrast with each other.”
― Edmund Husserl

“A new fundamental science, pure phenomenology, has developed within philosophy: This is a science of a thoroughly new type and endless scope. It is inferior in methodological rigor to none of the modern sciences. All philosophical disciplines are rooted in pure phenomenology, through whose development, and through it alone, they obtain their proper force.”
― Edmund Husserl

“The future alone will judge which was the true Germany in 1933, and who were the true Germans—those who subscribe to the more or less materialistic-mythical racial prejudices of the day, or those Germans pure in heart and mind, heirs to the great Germans of the past whose tradition they revere and perpetuate.”
Edmund Husserl quotes

“The actuality of all of material Nature is therefore kept out of action and that of all corporeality along with it, including the actuality of my body, the body of the recognizing subject.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Philosophers, as things now stand, are all too fond of offering criticism from on high instead of studying and understanding things from within.”
― Edmund Husserl

“First, anyone who seriously intends to become a philosopher
must “once in his life” withdraw into himself and attempt,
within himself, to overthrow and build anew all the sciences
that, up to then, he has been accepting. Philosophy wisdom
(sagesse) is the philosophizer’s quite personal affair. It must
arise as His wisdom, as his self-acquired knowledge tending
toward universality, a knowledge for which he can answer from
the beginning, and at each step, by virtue of his own absolute
insights.”
Edmund Husserl

“The ideal of a pure phenomenology will be perfected only by answering this question; pure phenomenology is to be separated sharply from psychology at large and, specifically, from the descriptive psychology of the phenomena of consciousness.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Something similar is still true of the courses followed by manifold intuitions which together make up the unity of one continuous consciousness of one and the same object.”
― Edmund Husserl

“To every object there corresponds an ideally closed system of truths that are true of it and, on the other hand, an ideal system of possible cognitive processes by virtue of which the object and the truths about it would be given to any cognitive subject.”
― Edmund Husserl

“Without troublesome work, no one can have any concrete, full idea of what pure mathematical research is like or of the profusion of insights that can be obtained from it.”
― Edmund Husserl

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  1. I teach Sociology and so I cover aspects of Husserl’s work, thanks for putting this together. It may help some of my students understand his work more 🙂

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