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HUSSERL, Edmund.

Philosophie der Arithmetik.

Psychologische und logische Untersuchungen. Erster Band [all published.]

Halle-Saale: C. E. M. Pfeffer (Robert Stricker), 1891 Stock Code: 131952
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First edition of Husserl's first book, the initial volume of his Philosophie der Arithmetik. Husserl (18591938) began his career as a mathematician, and it was in search of complete clarity respecting fundamental mathematical concepts that, with the encouragement of Franz Brentano, to whom this work is dedicated, he turned to the philosophy of mathematics.

In the present work, Husserl "attempted a psychological analysis of certain basic logical and mathematical notions. The concept of number, for instance, was to be elucidated by talking about the activity of counting. In his review of this book, the mathematician Gottlob Frege argued that logical and mathematical concepts differ from the psychological acts in which they may occur and that, therefore, the discussion of the latter does not serve to explicate the former. He accused Husserl of confusing psychology and logic" (The Encylopedia of Philosophy IV, 97). Husserl never published a second volume.

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Octavo (217 x 150 mm). Contemporary half morocco and marbled boards, spine ruled and lettered gilt in compartments, patterned endpapers, marbled edges, the original printed paper wrappers bound in, preserved in a morocco edged marbled paper slipcase.


Ownership stamp F. Meyer in gilt at foot of spine. Front joint cracked at head, front hinge split but cords holding firm; a crisp, clean copy.


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