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date: 26 January 2021

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This article offers some detailed attention to a central, much-debated, indeed notorious, methodological technique of Husserl: the so-called phenomenological reduction. It primarily argues about substantive philosophical issues, with current debates in view. It briefly introduces the mature Husserl's philosophical project — the putatively foundational, ‘transcendental’ explication of the constitutive conditions of a subject's being able to represent a world at all — and Husserl's fundamental methodological principle — the idea that the claims of phenomenology are to be based on what is ‘self-given’ in experience. It also addresses and defends the most controversial, and most often misinterpreted, aspects of Husserl's phenomenological approach: the suspension of ‘theory’. In the concluding section, this article offers some brief reflections on how Husserl's phenomenological externalist realism relates to stronger, metaphysical claims.

Keywords: Husserl, phenomenological reduction, philosophical issues, externalist realism, metaphysical claims

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