John Wild, phenomenology in America, and the origins of SPEP
In preparing for this occasion, I thought that one of the best references that I could consult would be Volume XXVI of Analecta Husserliana,a special issue published in 1989 and devoted to the theme “American Phenomenology: Origins and Developments,” which was co-edited by Eugene Kaelin and, yes, Calvin Schrag. Under the heading “Founders,” the section that constitutes the first third of this volume, they had invited articles concerning Marvin Farber, Fritz Kaufmann, Moritz Geiger, and Alfred Schutz, plus a single essay by Lester Embree on both Dorion Cairns and Aron Gurwitsch and two essays on John Wild, one by James Edie and one by myself. I felt quite honored at the time. The late James Edie, whom I had by then come to know quite well, had chaired the Philosophy Department at Northwestern during what was perhaps the time of its greatest growth as a center for Continental European philosophy following John Wild’s unexpected departure for Yale just 2 years after his arrival in...
McBride, W. (2011). John Wild, phenomenology in America, and the origins of SPEP. Continental Philosophy Review 44 (3), pp. 281-.
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