In 1907 Edmund Husserl delivered a series of lectures at Gottingin on “The Idea of Phenomenology.” Written midway between his major early works, Logische Utitersuchungen and Idem these short lectures explicate a philosophical project destined to become one of the most influential schools of the twentieth century. Husserl’s lecture—were at first incapable of making the kind of phenomenological reductions Husserl describes. D. W. Griffith in The Birth of a Nation created a long sequence on the hostilities of the US Civil War. Several years later, toward the end of World War I, he visited the French front to make a propaganda film. He declared that he was “very disappointed with the reality of the battlefield.” He retreated to England where he created synthetically the battles taking place across the Channel. Intersubjectivity presented an enormous problem for Husserl.