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The Work of Aron Gurwitsch

The Work of Aron Gurwitsch 7 The Work of Aron Gurwitsch ROBERT SOKOLOWSKI The philosophical movement originated by Edmund Husserl has taken on various shapes during the past seventy-five years. One of these has been the intense concern with perception found in French writers like Merleau- Ponty and Sartre; in their adaptation of phenomenology, they define themselves against Husserl's "intellectualism". Aron Gurwitsch, as teacher and writer, played a strategic role in this French development of phe- nomenology, which has found wide acceptance in the United States, but he would not endorse it without qualification, for in his own thought we fmd, besides a strong interest in perception, an equally strong emphasis on the conceptual and rational. This is expressed in his interest in logic, mathematics, and the physical sciences, as well as in his long study of Leibniz. He explores the conceptual, however, in vivid, concrete way. He implicates it with the perceptual and uses, with good stylistic effect, experimental studies of the presence or the absence of conceptual think- ing. In his interpretation of the Gelb-Goldstein studies, and in his exposi- tion of Gestalt psychology, we get a sense of mind not as separate intellect, but as a power of thinking while http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

The Work of Aron Gurwitsch

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 5 (1): 7 – Jan 1, 1975

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© 1975 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916475X00024
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7 The Work of Aron Gurwitsch ROBERT SOKOLOWSKI The philosophical movement originated by Edmund Husserl has taken on various shapes during the past seventy-five years. One of these has been the intense concern with perception found in French writers like Merleau- Ponty and Sartre; in their adaptation of phenomenology, they define themselves against Husserl's "intellectualism". Aron Gurwitsch, as teacher and writer, played a strategic role in this French development of phe- nomenology, which has found wide acceptance in the United States, but he would not endorse it without qualification, for in his own thought we fmd, besides a strong interest in perception, an equally strong emphasis on the conceptual and rational. This is expressed in his interest in logic, mathematics, and the physical sciences, as well as in his long study of Leibniz. He explores the conceptual, however, in vivid, concrete way. He implicates it with the perceptual and uses, with good stylistic effect, experimental studies of the presence or the absence of conceptual think- ing. In his interpretation of the Gelb-Goldstein studies, and in his exposi- tion of Gestalt psychology, we get a sense of mind not as separate intellect, but as a power of thinking while

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Published: Jan 1, 1975

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