Husserl and Heidegger

Robyn Horner

in Rethinking God as Gift

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780823221219
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235599 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Husserl and Heidegger

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This chapter examines the Husserlian and Heideggerian phenomenology. It illustrates the aspects of the phenomenological background along with some of the main points in Derrida's response to phenomenology. The discussion is framed upon two questions: what is given or gives itself?; and how is it given? Edmund Husserl outlines three stages in the phenomenological method. For him, what is given are present, intentional objects, according to a horizon of the phenomenologically reduced consciousness. Where Husserl uses phenomenology to gain access to objects as they are presented to consciousness, Heidegger uses phenomenology to gain access to the meaning of the being of those objects. With regard to the questions about what is given in phenomenology, what is preeminently given for Heidegger is being according to a temporal-historical horizon in the event of application. The rest of the chapter tackles the relationship of Derrida with Husserl and Heidegger.

Keywords: Husserl; Heidegger; phenomenology; Derrida; consciousness; being; object

Chapter.  11795 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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