Mirja Hartimo


PhD, Docent and University Reseacher
e-mail: mirjahartimo at gmail.com
website: http://orcid.org/0000-0001-7974-1722

Project Description:
My earlier research has focused on Edmund Husserl's (early and late) views on mathematics, which I have examined both systematically and historically. Husserl's mathematical writings shed light to some central themes studied in the project "Marginalization and Experience: Phenomenological Analyses of Normality and Abnormality." In this project, I focus on two such themes: First, the mathematical writings show in detail how Husserl used the phenomenological method critically to revise concepts and practices in sciences. Second, Husserl's writings on logic provide an important source for the study of normativity in phenomenology. My aim is to examine both of these themes in Husserl's view of social practices in general.


Upcoming Publications:

  •  “On Husserl’s Combination View: Structuralism, constructivism, and what not” for Iulian Apostolescu (ed). After Husserl: Phenomenological Foundations of Mathematics. Special Issue of META: Research in Hermeneutics, Phenomenology, and Practical Philosophy, Vol. XI, No. 2 / December 2019. 
  •  “Normativity of Husserl’s Logic” invited to submit to a special issue of Grazer Philosophische Studien, to be edited by Iulian Toader.
  •  “Mathematical Naturalism and Husserl’s philosophy of mathematics” invited to submit for Journal of Transcendental Philosophy. (The first issue of a new journal.) 
  •  “Chimera of Logicism: Husserl’s criticism of Frege” invited to submit for Origins and Varieties of Logicism, to be edited by and Andrea Sereni. 
  • “Husserl, Kant, and the Critical View of Logic” for Inquiry, special issue on Critical Views on Logic.  
  • “Constitution and Construction” submitted to Weiss, Christina (ed.). Constructive Semantics. Logic, Epistemology and the Unity of Science Series. Springer.


Recent Publications:

  • “Radical Besinnung in Formale und transzendentale Logik (1929)”, Husserl Studies. DOI: 10.1007/s10743-018-9228-5.
  • “Husserl’s Scientific Context 1917-1938, a look into Husserl’s private library”, The New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy. Vol XVI, 2018.
  • “Husserl on completeness, definitely.” Synthese 195, 2018: 1509–1527.  doi.org/10.1007/s11229-016-1278-7.
  • “Husserl and Gödel’s incompleteness theorems”, The Review of Symbolic Logic, 10 (4), 2017: 638-650. doi:10.1017/S1755020317000089.
  • On the origins of scientific objectivity”, in Husserls Phenomenology of Intersubjectivity: Historical Interpretations and Contemporary Applications, eds. Christian Beyer, Christel Fricke and Frode Kjosavik, London: Routledge, forthcoming.
  • “Husserl and Hilbert”, in Essays on Husserls Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics, ed. Stefania Centrone, Synthese Library, Springer, 2017, 245–263.
  • “Syntactic reduction in Husserl’s early phenomenology of arithmetic,” with Mitsuhiro Okada, Synthese, 2016. 193(3), 937-969. DOI 10.1007/s11229-015-0779-0
  • Phenomenology and the Transcendental, co-edited with Sara Heinämaa and Timo Miettinen, London, New York: Routledge, 2014.


Recent Conference Talks:

  • "Naturalism and transcendental phenomenology in Husserl's philosophy of mathematics", Transcendental Philosophy and Naturalism in Parma, Italy, May 15–18.
  • "Normativity of Husserl's Logic", Phenomenology of Norms and Normativity in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 22. 
  • "Gödel, Skolem, and Husserl's Crisis", HOPOS2018, International Society for History and Philosophy of Science in Groningen, Netherlands, July 9–12.
  • "Normativity of Logic - Case Husserl", 41st International Wittgenstein Symposium 2018, Philosophy of Logic and Mathematics in Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria, August 5–11. 
  • "TBA", Phenomenology and Axiomatic Mathematics in Bucharest, Romania, September 2–4.