Der Meister der Wesensschau Acts of Translation in Husserl’s Plato Without Platonism

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is understand Husserl’s “Platonism” through an understanding of how the method of eidetic variation and a phenomenological conception of essences reformulates by means of a conceptual and historical translation Plato’s doctrine of essences. In arguing that a theory of essences and method for the discovery of essences proves indispensable to a proper conception of phenomenology, Husserl positions himself as a philosophical “friend of essences” without thereby adopting a Platonic conception of essences. In addition to a reconstruction of Husserl’s image of Plato and the historical tradition, this paper examines the pivotal role played by “variation” and “manifold” in Husserl’s distinctive understanding of essences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)271-286
Number of pages16
JournalHusserl Studies
Volume36
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy

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