5 SYMPOSIUM IN MEMORY OF ARON GURWITSCH Edited by Lester Embree Preface The meeting was held at Boston University on October 27, 1974 in conjunction with the twelfth annual meeting of The Society for Phe- nomenology and Existential Philosophy. Ten speakers representing Ameri- can and European colleagues and students from several generations offered personal and philosophical reflections on the man and his thought. Due to limits on space, let me summarize the personal remarks: Aron Gurwitsch's oldest friend in the United States, I. B. Cohen (Philosophy of Science, Harvard), spoke of Gurwitsch's home in Cam- bridge during 1942-59 and of the many scholars who visited there, of Gurwitsch's warm interest in students at Harvard during the war, of Gurwitsch's discussions with him on questions of common interest in the history of science, and of how, "in the face of adversity, he had not merely the courage and dignity one expects of great men, but could even meet life head-on with humor." H. L. van Breda (Husserl Archives, Louvain), an old friend in the leadership of the international phenomenological movement, compared Gurwitsch with Husserl: Both started outside of philosophy, but soon found their way into it. Both were scrupulously honest, worked very hard-hesitating each day about agreeing with what they had written the day before-and both owed their highest allegiance to the things them- selves. Yet while Husserl was not one of the most gifted didactic lecturers, "Aron Gurwitsch was really a Socrates."
Research in Phenomenology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1975