chapter  9
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Phenomenology at home and abroad

A full century has passed since Edmund Husserl (1859-1938) published his twovolume Logical Investigations (1900/1901), which set in motion the phenomenological movement as we know it. Bertrand Russell proposed to review this “monumental” work for the journal Mind in 1917, although the review was never completed and a friend later described the task as being “very much like trying to swallow a whale.”1 e predicament of the reader one hundred years later has only worsened, since grasping the movement now requires digesting not only one whale but a whole pod – not only Husserl, but also Martin Heidegger (1889-1976), Hans-Georg Gadamer (1900-2002), Jean-Paul Sartre (1905-80), Emmanuel Levinas (1906-95), Maurice Merleau-Ponty (1908-61), Paul Ricoeur (1913-2005), and Jacques Derrida (1930-2004), to name but a few of the most important and proli c – and to follow the philosophical currents set in motion by these thinkers whose intellectual heritage can be traced back to Husserl and phenomenology.