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Controversy over the Existence of the World

Volume I


Roman Ingarden

Roman Ingarden (1893-1970), one of Husserl’s closest students and friends, ranks among the most eminent of the first generation of phenomenologists. His magisterial Controversy over the Existence of the World, written during the years of World War II in occupied Poland, consists of a fundamental defense of realism in phenomenology. Volume I, which receives here its first complete and critical translation into English, initiates the grand project of refuting transcendental idealism, and begins by setting the foundations for an elaborate and precise ontological system. This is Ingarden’s greatest accomplishment, who is rather known as a theoretician of literature than an ontologist outside of Poland. The most important achievement of Ingarden’s ontology is an analysis of the modes of being of various types of objects – things, processes, events, purely intentional objects and ideas. The three-volume Controversy is perhaps the last great systematic work in the history of philosophy, and undoubtedly one of the most important works in 20th century philosophical literature.


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Controversy over the Existence of the World Polish Contemporary Philosophy and Philosophical Humanities Edited by Jan Hartman Volume 6 Roman Ingarden Controversy over the Existence of the World Volume I Translated and annotated by Arthur Szylewicz Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at This publication was financially supported by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education - National Programme for the Development of Humanities. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Ingarden, Roman, 1893-1970. [Spór o istnienie świata. English] Controversy over the existence of the world / Roman Ingarden ; edited by Arthur Szylewicz. — First edition. pages cm. — (Polish contemporary philosophy and philosophical humanities ; v. 6) ISBN 978-3-631-62410-4 1. Ontology. I. Szylewicz, Arthur. II. Title. BD316.I5213 2013 111 dc23 2013033392 ISSN 2191-1878 ISBN 978-3-631-62410-4 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03767-8 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03767-8 © Peter Lang GmbH Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften Frankfurt am Main 2013 All rights reserved. Peter Lang Edition is an Imprint of Peter Lang GmbH. Peter Lang – Frankfurt am Main · Bern · Bruxelles · New York · Oxford · Warszawa · Wien All parts of this publication are protected by copyright. Any utilisation outside the strict limits of the copyright law, without the permission of the publisher, is forbidden and liable to prosecution. This applies in particular to reproductions, translations, microfilming, and storage and processing in electronic retrieval systems. This book is part of the Peter Lang Edition list and was peer reviewed prior to publication.

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