Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Heidegger's Methodological Maxim


Philosophy Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Social and Behavioral Sciences


In the Introduction to Being and Time Heidegger calls To the things themselves the maxim of phenomenology. I argue that Heidegger recognized the maxims normativity but thought that Husserls understanding of it made it an inadequate guide for the phenomenological method. I show that Heidegger revised the maxim in his Marburg years with a focus on its role as a principle. The revised maxim specifies how to engage in phenomenological inquiry by calling the phenomenologists attention to the violence our fore-conceptions can do to the way phenomena show themselves. With this revised maxim in mind I reconsider the grounds of Heideggers critique of Husserl in the Marburg years, and explain his conclusion that Husserls phenomenology was unphenomenological. Finally, I show that Heideggers attempts to abide by his more rigorous maxim appear to fail.

Conference Name

North American Heidegger Circle

Conference Location

St. Petersburg, FL

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