chapter  7
13 Pages

Phenomenology and Austrian philosophy

WithCarlo Ierna

Neither phenomenology nor Austrian philosophy have clearly defined boundaries, 1 hence it is somewhat futile to try to assess how these two movements are related, historically and systematically, without at least some preliminary, pragmatic definitions. The idea of an “Austrian philosophy” as a distinct historiographical category in the history of 19th- and 20th-century philosophy has been advanced and formulated in increasing detail since the 1970s. While it makes little sense to define “Austrian” philosophy purely on the base of geographical notions, 2 neither as “philosophy in Austria” nor as “philosophy by Austrians”, it can nevertheless serve as a starting point. 3