An Image of a Higher World: Ethical Renewal in Franz Brentano and Edmund Husserl

Michael Gubser


Although interpreters have long recognized Franz Brentano’s powerful impact on his students, the career-long persistence of his hold on Edmund Husserl is still underestimated. Conventional narratives of Husserl’s development describe his mentor’s pervasive early impact followed by a sharp break from the master’s philosophy. My essay challenges this account by arguing that Husserl’s shift toward transcendental phenomenology within the domain of ethics marked a reappraisal – even a reinvigoration – of Brentanian premises, rather than an attempt to discard them.


Article in: English

Article published: 2009-09-15

Keyword(s): Brentano; Husserl; ethics; renewal

DOI: 10.3846/1822-430X.2009.17.3.39-49

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Coactivity: Philosophy, Communication / Santalka: Filosofija, Komunikacija ISSN 2029-6320, eISSN 2029-6339
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