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The Phenomenological Context and Transcendentalism of John Henry Newman and Edmund Husserl
Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies Faculty Publications
  • Ono Ekeh, Sacred Heart University
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Peer-Reviewed Article
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John Henry Newman has rightly been hailed as a giant in the Catholic intellectual tradition. His contributions to theology, literature and education have been studied at length; however, his contribution to philosophy has not received appropriate attention. This essay 1) explores Newman’s unique philosophical insights in terms of the phenomenological tradition of Edmund Husserl; 2) analyzes the transcendental approach of certain British scientists—notably Ronald Knox and Charles Darwin; and 3) discusses how Newman might be considered a phenomenologist.


At the time of publication Ono Ekeh was a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at The Catholic University of America.

Citation Information

Ekeh, O. (2008). The phenomenological context and transcendentalism of John Henry Newman and Edmund Husserl. Newman Studies Journal, 5(1), 35-50. doi: 10.5840/nsj2008514