Baratelli, Gabriele (2022). What is Modern in the Crisis of European Sciences? Husserl Stud., 38 (3). S. 293 - 312. DORDRECHT: SPRINGER. ISSN 1572-8501

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Although the notion of the crisis of European sciences has a general meaning, Husserl mainly focuses on this phenomenon in relation to the modern establishment of a mathematical natural science. However, he does not provide a definitive clarification of how its new method is specifically involved in bringing about such a crisis. Without trying to offer a faithful exegetical contribution, this paper further elaborates on Husserl's analyses in the Krisis to give a possible answer to this question. After defining the concept of crisis in general, I single out why algebraic thinking is the core of the method that essentially characterizes mathematical physics. Then, I compare this method to a case of pre-modern discipline (namely, Euclidean geometry) to show that the sedimentation of meaning at work in the progressive technization of algebra is exceptional and sufficient to explain the specificity of the modern character of the crisis of the exact sciences. The exclusively technical development of formal mathematics, in fact, elicits those shifts of meaning (such as objectivism) that phenomenology is required to amend to overcome the crisis and to establish an authentic form of knowledge. On the basis of these results, I conclude by suggesting a few consequences that are useful for the understanding of the project of phenomenology of the later Husserl.

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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-659276
DOI: 10.1007/s10743-022-09317-1
Journal or Publication Title: Husserl Stud.
Volume: 38
Number: 3
Page Range: S. 293 - 312
Date: 2022
Publisher: SPRINGER
Place of Publication: DORDRECHT
ISSN: 1572-8501
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
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