Hermeneutics and Reflection: Heidegger and Husserl on the Concept of Phenomenology
Published: November 2013© 2013
184 Pages, 6.26 x 9.26 x 0.60 in
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Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann is known as a major figure in phenomenological and hermeneutics research: he was Martin Heidegger’s personal assistant for the last ten years of Heidegger’s life, and assistant to Eugen Fink, who in turn was primary assistant to Edmund Husserl. However, his own philosophical commentaries and readings of Heidegger’s work are not familiar to many in the English-speaking world.
Von Herrmann’s Hermeneutics and Reflection, translated here from the original German, represents the most fundamental and critical reflection in any language of the concept of phenomenology as it was used by Heidegger and by Husserl. It provides a careful rendition of Husserl’s essential contribution to phenomenology, then draws a clear demarcation between Husserl’s reflective phenomenology and Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology. While showing the fullest respect for Husserl’s phenomenology, Hermeneutics and Reflection offers a full-fledged critique of Husserl from the perspective of Heidegger’s hermeneutic phenomenology.
“Hermeneutics and Reflection is a nuanced and balanced account of Heidegger’s early efforts to find his own way in relation to Husserl’s phenomenological project. Maly’s careful translation draws upon his long consideration of both Heidegger’s thought and von Herrmann’s scholarship.”Richard Capobianco, Department of Philosophy, Stonehill College
“As the primary editor of Heidegger’s collected writings and the author of many meticulous, responsible studies of Heidegger’s thought, Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann is an undeniably important interpreter of the philosopher, and an English translation of one of his books is a welcome development. Kenneth Maly’s translation is a careful and thoughtful rendering of this complex work.”Richard Polt, Department of Philosophy, Xavier University