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Husserl's Fifth Investigation

Vak 2011-2012

Admission requirements

Enrolment in master’s programme. Some background in theoretical philosophy.


When you perceive, you perceive something, when you remember, you remember something, when you mean, you mean something, when you know, you know something. To perceive, to remember, to mean, and to know are all kinds of what Husserl calls intentional experience. Such experience is characterized by its having a certain directedness towards an object, the intentional object, thus what is perceived, remembered, etc. Husserl’s Fifth Logical Investigation is a study of intentional experience and its structure; how is intentional experience as such to be characterized, its structure to be analyzed, and how are the different kinds of intentional experience to be classified? Answers to these questions are provided in the Fifth Investigation , and they yield the basic tools for the phenomenological description of knowledge and meaning, the overarching aim of the Logical Investigations as a whole.

Our course will be devoted to a careful reading of the Fifth Investigation . The course will function well as an introduction to Husserl’s thinking more broadly, for it is in this work that we find the beginnings of Husserl’s phenomenology.

Participants should have access to the First and the Sixth Investigations besides the Fifth, since sections from these will be helpful at places in providing necessary background and illuminating development.

Course objectives

Course objectives will be posted on Blackboard by the start of the course.


Thursday, 15:00-18:00

See Collegeroosters Wijsbegeerte 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (Dutch website)
See Timetables Philosophy 2011-2012 , Master’s Programmes in Philosophy (English website)

Mode of instruction


Assessment method

  • Term paper
  • Short summaries



Reading list

  • Edmund Husserl, Logische Untersuchungen (Meiner, Philosophische Bibliothek) or Edmund Husserl, Logical Investigations (Routledge, International Library of Philosophy) or other translations.
  • Secondary and related material will be announced in class


Please register for this course on uSis.

Study Abroad students, please see the Study in Leiden website for information on how to apply.

Contact information

A.M. Klev


The original first and second editions of the Logical Investigations are available in digital form at

Specialisation (MA in Philosophy): History and Philosophy of the Sciences