Conversation with Husserl and Fink, 12/11/31
Husserl has been looking over manuscripts from the year 1918 and says he is ashamed of himself to see how he lost track of some of what was already started in the Ideen, notably, I gather, the doctrine of the pertinence of constitutional analysis to the nature of logical (and experiential?) evidence. He attributes this retrogression to the effect of the war upon him, or rather the effect of Germany's defeat. He says he was able at the time to work only on isolated problems, not on the larger aspects of phenomenology. Only after 1920 was he able to treat these fruitfully once more. But he spoke of a feeling of inadequacy to his task as having (even before 1918?) made it impossible for him to finish the second volume of the Ideen. (Often he is disquieted about the first volume, but Fink, he says, reassures him. Otherwise he would not have permitted the publishing of an English translation.) He turned to problems of the nature of personality and of society.
Cairns Dorion (1976). Conversations with Husserl and Fink, Nijhoff, Den Haag.
Cairns Dorion (1976). Conversation with Husserl and Fink, 12/11/31, in Conversations with Husserl and Fink, Den Haag, Nijhoff, pp. 38-41.