By Herbert Spiegelberg
Substantial encouragement for this quantity got here from the editors and readers of the reviews for Phenomenological and Existential Philosophy (SPEP) at Northwestern college Press. yet its publi cation has been made attainable in simple terms by way of the unqualified and un abridged reputation of the Editorial Board of Phaenomen%gica, which on the time was once nonetheless headed by means of its founder, the past due Professor H. L. Van Breda, who welcomed the manuscript such a lot generously. This makes his premature passing much more grievous to me. The stylistic replica modifying and facts analyzing have been dealt with ef ficiently through Ruth Nichols Jackson, secretary of the Philosophy division. within the facts interpreting I additionally had the capable support of my colleague Stanley Paulson. I devote this e-book to the reminiscence of my past due brother, Dr. chern. Erwin Spiegelberg, on the time of his dying assistant professor on the collage of Rio de Janeiro, who preceded me by means of years in emigrating from Nazi Germany. while in 1938 he positioned an finish to his lifestyles in an obvious melancholy, he additionally did so so as to not turn into a burden to his brothers, who have been on the brink of following him. no matter what I, extra privileged in future health and in possibilities within the state of my adoption, were in a position to do and attain when you consider that then has been performed with a feeling of a debt to him and of attempting to dwell and paintings for him too.
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Up to this point no attempt is made to develop what is easily the biggest stumbling block in the phenomenological methodology, the so-called essential intuition or insight into general essential structures (Wesensschau). While a responsible phenomenological intuition presupposes the thorough study of particular phenomena as examples, the transition to such general insights is by no means simple. " But certainly this freedom requires a good deal of discipline, if one wants to arrive at valid results.