Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Professor G. B. Madison
An attempt is made to understand Husserl's effort at developing a universal science of experience. It is soon recognized that the possibility of creating such a science rests on the ability to adopt a transcendental perspective. Thus a demonstration of how such a perspective is possible becomes the first task. Following this, an attempt is made to outline the basic programmatic features of Husserl's scientific project. At the same time an effort is made to clarify the justification for characterizing Husserl's phenomenological philosophy as the truly fundamental science. Then, with the aid of various commentators, a critical examination of the very aims of Husserl's work is undertaken. This criticism attempts to delineate, in a general manner, precisely the limits of the enterprise of rationalism (scientific philosophy). Finally, an evaluation of Husserl's work is offered, recognizing his great influence in the philosophical movement.
Sims, Walter Rainis, "Husserl and the Ideal of Universal Science" (1974). Open Access Dissertations and Theses. Paper 527.