Guido Caniglia


Center for Biology and Society, Arizona State University

How Should Philosophers Interrogate the History of Science? Lessons from Edmund Husserl’s Die Krisis der Europeischen Wissenschaften (1935)

Most literature about the Krisis has looked at Husserl’s idea that contemporary science lost meaning and value for our lives due to its increasing technical nature. In my paper, I point out that, when Husserl talks about a loss of meaning, he does not criticize the value of contemporary science as such. Rather, he aims to redefine and regain the role of science at a time where both the philosophical community and the civil society had questioned it. To achieve this goal, Husserl turns to the history of science. He does so using phenomenological tools derived from his previous works.