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Edmund Husserl (1859-1938)

German philosopher, founder of phenomenology. In Logical Investigations he contended that the philosopher's task is to contemplate the essences of things, and that the essence of an object can be arrived at by systematically varying that object in the imagination. Although phenomenology does not assume the existence of anything, it is nonetheless a descriptive discipline devoted not to inventing theories but rather to describing the "things themselves."

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