#255 – Saving Husserl’s Nachlass

Father Herman Leo Van Breda, OFM played a key role in the preservation of the nachlass of Edmund Husserl. At great risks to himself, he ensured that these priceless writings concerning phenomenology would survive – writings that would in turn prove tremendously influential upon Catholic philosophy and John Paul II’s Theology of the Body.

For more on Husserl you might listen to this presentation by Fr. Robert Sokolowski. You might also look at Fr. Sokolowski’s book Husserlian Meditations.

You might also look at this paper by Ken Archer – “Why Phenomenology Matters to Theology”

Breda, OFM, Father Herman Leo Van. “The Rescue of Husserl’s Nachlass and the Founding of the Husserl-Archives.” History of the Husserl-Archives. 2007. pp. 39-69.
Vongher, Thomas. “A Short History of the Husserl-Archives Leuven and the Husserliana“. History of the Husserl-Archives. 2007. pp. 99-126.

Photo of Fr. Breda courtesy of Dr. Thomas Vongehr.

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  1. Barb in Nebraska
    Posted December 30, 2011 at 2:10 am | Permalink | Reply

    What an interesting story! Thank you!

  2. jimmy
    Posted August 5, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Permalink | Reply

    thank you Father. Lots of drama in this one.

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