While I haven’t been blogging for the past few weeks, I’ve been very busy off-line. I went back to Europe at the end of February, because I was invited to participate in a workshop on “Der frühe Husserl innerhalb und außerhalb der Brentano-Schule. Neue Ansätze zur Entstehung der Phänomenologie” (“Early Husserl inside and outside the School of Brentano. New Approaches to the Origin of Phenomenology”) at the Husserl-Archives in Cologne. Then, as soon as I came back to Boston after Spring Break, I took part in the conference of the North American Society for Early Phenomenology, where I also gave a paper.
In the meantime, I had been working on the edition and translation of the letter of Husserl to Brentano from 27-12-1889 that I had discovered at the Houghton Library (with the kind assistance of Robin Rollinger and Thomas Vongehr). I also had to check the proofs of my contribution on “Making the Humanities Scientific: Brentano’s Project of Philosophy as Science” to the volume The Making of the Humanities. Volume III: The Making of the Modern Humanities, revise my review of Burt Hopkins’ The Origin of the Logic of Symbolic Mathematics. Edmund Husserl and Jacob Klein for Philosophia Mathematica, and was notified that (the translation of) my article on “Brentano’s Science of Consciousness” had appeared in the volume Vers une philosophie scientifique. Le programme de Brentano.
Now that I am back at Harvard, my main priority is to finish my book. In particular, I need to check the transcriptions of the notes of Brentano’s lectures on “Elementary Logic” that I will be including as an appendix to my book. Here at the Houghton Library I can compare the student notes taken by Eduard Leisching (kept at the Husserl-Archives) with Brentano’s own annotations. Besides that, there are always articles to finish, abstracts to write, proofs to be revised, etc. all in all, nearly a dozen items on my to-do list that are “work-in-progress”. The last item on the list is “blog more” …