Importing phenomenology: The early editorial life of philosophy and phenomenological research

Gabriel R. Ricci, Elizabethtown College


This paper examines the reception of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, a philosophy quarterly which was founded in conjunction with the International Society of Phenomenology and for which Marvin Farber served as editor until his death in 1980. From its founding in 1940, Farber relied on the editorial support of many of Husserl’s enthusiastic students who found themselves intellectual exiles, including Husserl’s son. Farber’s professional and personal interaction with Husserl’s ardent followers reveals a dramatic story of former students who were ever vigilant about maintaining the core values of the Master’s unique philosophy, and Farber’s personal philosophical transformation from a publicist of Husserl’s work to a guarded critic intent on avoiding the promotion of sectarianism.