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INTRODUCTION: Opening words

This book consists of a series of interconnected essays concerned primarily with ‘beginnings’ in phenomenology in Germany and France during the twentieth century. I have three kinds of beginning in view here. There are, first of all, issues about origins, questions concerning how phenomenology first emerged as an inheritance of philosophy. But there are also beginnings that are rather more internal to the texts that belong to that inheritance: launches and relaunches, new initiatives in the name of phenomenology. The third kind of beginning is more humdrum and relates to the kind of starting points one finds in prefaces, introductions, opening chapters, introductory lectures and so on.