Edmund Husserl’s historically inalienable role as “the father of phenomenology” and the attitudes this description arouses in his friends and foes alike have led to a persistent and systematic disregard of his early work. Where notice is taken of it at all, it is generally considered as a product of apprenticeship, while he was learning his trade, before the breakthrough work of the Logical Investigations and the methodological turn to phenomenology with its attendant reductions and transcen- dental idealism. Husserl began his career as a mathematician, so the line tends to be that it was natural for him to start there but at least as natural for him to move on to the bigger (one might say, “more grown-up”) issues of the foundations of logic and methodology in general. Certainly those admirers and detractors of Husserl who see his main role as a progenitor of so-called Continental philosophy are likely to be both less attuned to the interests of a philosopher who had more in common with Frege and Hilbert than with Heidegger and Derrida, and less inclined to accord that background a role in appraising Husserl’s contribution to thought.
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