FILO, Module 1: Classical Philosophical Text: Husserl’s Experience and Judgement

Course content

Erfahrung und Urteil (Experience and Judgement) was published in Prague in 1938, shortly after Husserl’s death. During the war, the Nazis managed to destroy virtually all copies of the book, save 200 copies that had been sent to England in 1939.The book is an attempt to show the ‘genesis’ of higher-level, abstract thought in perceptual experience. Although entirely based on Husserl’s research manuscripts, Husserl had entrusted his assistant Ludwig Landgrebe with the editing and literary presentation of the work. Erfahrung und Urteil differs importantly from most of the books Husserl managed to publish after the phenomenological breakthrough in Logical Investigations (1900-1901). Works such as Ideas (1913), Cartesian Meditations (published in French translation in 1931), and the Crisis (parts of which were published in 1936) all had secondary titles with the word ‘introduction’ (Einleitung, Einführung) in them. In these works, Husserl attempted to present synoptic overviews of his wide-ranging researches, thereby only providing the occasional glimpse of his real force: the penetrating, in-depth analyses of particular issues. By contrast, Erfahrung und Urteil, being based on Husserl’s research manuscripts, presents him at work on some of his key topics: perception and its connections with predicative judgement.   The book is essential reading for anyone interested in the philosophy of perception and thought.

In the course, we will be reading the first two parts of Erfahrung und Urteil, while also drawing on relevant secondary literature.


Master i Philosophy, 2014-Curriculum

Learning outcome

The Master’s Programme in Philosophy 2014:
Module 1, Classical Philosophical Text: HFIK03701E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic 1: HFIK03741E
Module 5, Freely chosen topic 2: HFIK03751E

Edmund Husserl, Erfahrung und Urteil: Untersuchungen zur Genealogie der Logik (ed. L. Landgrebe). Hamburg: Felix Meiner Verlag, 1999. (English translation: Experience and Judgment: Investigations in a Genealogy of Logic. Translated by James S. Churchill and Karl Ameriks. Evanston, IL: Northwestern University Press, 1975.)

Recommended introductory literature:

A. D. Smith, Routledge Philosophy Guidebook to Husserl and the Cartesian Meditations. London: Routledge, 2003.

Dan Zahavi, Husserl’s Phenomenology. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2003.

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