Edmund Husserl collected works. Vol. 13. Introduction to logic and theory of knowledge. Lectures 1906/07. Translated from the German by Claire Ortiz Hill. (English) Zbl 1255.01025

Dordrecht: Springer (ISBN 978-1-4020-6725-9/hbk; 978-1-4020-6727-3/ebook). xxx, 479 p. (2008).
This volume provides an English translation of Edmund Husserl’s lecture course entitled “Einleitung in die Logik und Erkenntnistheorie” given in Göttingen in the winter semester 1906/07. The German text has been published as Husserliana XXIV (1984). 26 of the 27 appendices added to the German version have been translated, as well. Some personal notes published in another volume of the Collected Works were omitted.
The translator contributed a valuable “Translator’s Introduction” (pp.xi–xxix) with useful information on the context of the material and its evaluation. The lectures give insights into the development of phenomenology during an important transition period. They were held halfway between the Logische Untersuchungen (1901) and the Ideen zu einer reinen Phänomenology und phänomenologischen Philosophie (1913) in which object and method of phenomenology were given a more precise form. It had become clear that Husserl’s refutation of psychologism in the Logical Investigations entailed deeper consequences for his own conception of logic. In the lectures he introduced three layers of formal logic: (1) the traditional formal logic of subject and predicate propositions, (2) pure logic, and (3) formal logic as science of deductive systems in general. This distinction is dealt with in Part I of the lectures entitled “The Idea of Pure Logic as a Formal Theory of Science.” Part II treats “Noetics, Theory of Knowledge, and Phenomenology,” Part III “The Forms of Objectification.” The appendices (pp.351–453) compile further related documents from Husserl’s literary estate. An index eases access.
Translation and edition conform highest scholarly standards.


01A75 Collected or selected works; reprintings or translations of classics
00A30 Philosophy of mathematics
03A05 Philosophical and critical aspects of logic and foundations


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