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Geschichte des Husserl-Archivs/History of the Husserl-Archives by Husserl-Archiv Leuven

Geschichte des Husserl-Archivs/History of the Husserl-Archives by Husserl-Archiv Leuven,10.1007/s00283-009-9095-1,Mathematical Intelligencer,Henning P

Geschichte des Husserl-Archivs/History of the Husserl-Archives by Husserl-Archiv Leuven  
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n 2009 many conferences on Edmund Husserl's philos- ophy were held in honor of his 150th birthday. Husserl was born on the 8th of April in 1859 in the city of Prosnitz, Moravia, today in the Czech Republic. Before he became the famous founder of the phenomenological philosophy that piqued the interest of philosophers, sociologists and psychologists all over the world, he had studied mathematics and philosophy at the universities of Leipzig and Berlin. In Berlin he studied with Weierstrass and Kronecker and wrote his dissertation on the calculus of variations (Beitrage zur Theorie der Variationsrechnung, 1883) under Weierstrass. He became Weierstrass's assistant before moving to Vienna to study under Franz Brentano. Brentano advised him to finish his habilitation somewhere in Germany; Husserl completed ''On the Concept of Num- ber'' at the University of Halle in 1887, staying on for 14 years as a Privatdozent. His ''breakthrough to pheno- menology'' and the beginning of the phenomenological movement is connected with the publication of the Logical Investigations 1900-1901 (cf. 1-4). From then on, Husserl was a well-known figure, first among German philosophers and later all over the world. The book under review is devoted to the history of the Husserl-Archives that were established after Husserl's death in 1938 to save Husserl's Nachlass and ensure its publication. This book is not a philosophical study, but rather a contri- bution to the history of the beginning of the phenomeno- logical movement and its sources. It consists of two articles, printed both in German and in an English translation, toge- ther with photos and bibliographical material about the work of the Husserl-Archives. The two articles are Herman Leo Van Breda's ''Die Rettung von Husserls Nachlass und die Grundung des Husserl-Archivs''/''The Rescue of Husserl's Nachlass and the Founding of the Husserl-Archives,'' and Thomas Vongehr's ''Kurze Geschichte des Husserl-Archivs in Leuven und der Husserl-Edition''/''A Short History of the Husserl-Archives Leuven and the Husserliana.'' As the title of the book suggests, it documents the history of the Husserl- Archives. By doing just this, it reminds us of how important the initiative of a few courageous people can be for the his- tory of science. Van Breda's article, first published in German in 1959, is a breathtaking document that tells how, as a young Belgian Franciscan monk and student of philosophy, he rescued Husserl's Nachlass from possible destruction by the Nazi regime and became the founder of the Husserl-Archive at the
Journal: Mathematical Intelligencer - MATH INTELL , vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 71-72, 2010
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