The structure of my book up to now was mostly based on the structure of the two big articles in The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy, which form its core. This means that it essentially would consist in two major parts (besides the appendix with Brentano’s logic lectures): one dealing with Husserl’s early works and one with the background and influences on them. At first sight, this sounds like a pretty logical subdivision. First, I give a short historical biographical introduction, followed by a summary of Husserl’s early works (the printed part of his habilitation essay and the Philosophy of Arithmetic). At this point the reader should have enough background and I can proceed to the philological analyses aimed at reconstructing the original version of the habilitation essay (beyond the first chapter, which is the only part we still have). In the conclusion of Part 1, I then provide an improved periodization and assessment of Husserl’s position in the last phase of the Philosophy of Arithmetic. Then would come Part 2, which is essentially a list of authors influencing this or that concept or theory in Husserl’s early works. First, Husserl’s mathematical background from his time as a student in Berlin with Weierstrass and Kronecker, then the various influences he underwent in the School of Brentano.
I am completely overhauling this structure in the book. I will get rid of the division in two parts, which comes from the split in two articles: it has to be a monograph, not a collection of articles. The summary will become more of an introduction and commentary on the work, integrating the background and influences from what was Part 2. Then the philology, reconstruction and conclusions about Husserl’s position follow much more naturally from the preceding chapters. The overall structure will be more chronological and the discussion will proceed by topic rather than by author. Moreover, this allows me to eliminate some repetitions and to avoid a lot of internal cross-references. In the end this will make the structure a lot simpler and more straightforward and the book easier to read and consult.