Novotny, K. (ed.), Ludwig Landgrebe. The concept of experiencing. A contribution to the critique of our self-understanding and to the problem of mental wholeness. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann. Of 2010.
The study, published here for the first time in print, was written by the Husserl’s student Ludwig Landgrebe in the years 1929-1932. Landgrebe's writing is an early attempt to use the confrontation of Husserlian with Heidegger's thinking to create a position that transcends both philosophies. The author reveals the connection between horizon-forming subjective life and the attunement of human existence in order to gain a more radical version of Husserl's phenomenology by resorting to Dilthey and Heidegger. He wants to show how in the context of the natural self-understanding individual moments as units of consciousness belong to the whole of human existence:
"The starting point was Dilthey's concepts of experience and context of experience and the following thesis of 'understanding from the whole'. The guiding principle here was Heidegger's concept of totality and the existential possibility. The aim was to bring Dilthey's analyses of the historical world into the context of transcendental phenomenology, and to clarify their relationship to Heidegger's 'fundamental ontology'."
In the first section of the book, a static-phenomenological approach relates individual structures to the structural whole of being-in-the-world. The second section demonstrates in a genetic-phenomenological approach to the concept of the whole the origin of the individual structures from this whole. The author Ludwig Landgrebe (1902-1989) obtained his doctorate from Husserl and worked for several years as his private assistant. After the Second World War, he founded the Husserl Archive at the University of Cologne and was its first director. The editor Karel Novotný teaches philosophy at the Faculty of Humanities of Charles University in Prague.