Harry P. Reeder

Professor of Philosophy and
Distinguished Teaching Professor
The University of Texas at Arlington

University of Texas System

Academy of Distinguished Teachers
University of Texas at Arlington

Chancellor's Council Award for Excellence in Teaching
University of Texas System

"The unexamined life is not worth living"-Plato, Apology 38a

"Back to the things themselves!"-Edmund Husserl

"In our philosophizing, then--how can we avoid it?--we are functionaries of mankind."
-Husserl, The Crisis in European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, p. 17.

"May the gods bless our home for the perpetually bewildered" - Clueless Harry



B.A. University of Illinois, Urbana 1968
M.A. University of Waterloo (Ontario) 1974
Ph.D. University of Waterloo 1977
Dissertation title: Public and Private Aspects of Meaning in Husserl and Wittgenstein

Areas of specialization: phenomenology, Wittgenstein, hermeneutics

Areas of interest: critical thinking, philosophy of science


Dr. Reeder on a good day

Dr. Reeder on a bad day

Dr. Reeder on a great day


Courses taught regularly:

Fundamentals of Reasoning (undergrad)-Sample Syllabus
Typical student evaluations of Fundamentals of Reasoning course:
Introduction to Philosophy (undergrad)-Sample Syllabus
Phenomenology (grad and undergrad)-Sample Syllabus
Some famous phenomenologists:
(The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly)
Philosophy of Science (grad and undergrad)-Sample Syllabus
Hermeneutics (Theories of Interpretation) (grad and undergrad)- Sample Syllabus
Renaissance and Early Modern Philosophy (grad and undergrad)-Sample Syllabus
Hints for Philosophy Essay Writing
Consejo sobre el escribir del ensayo filosófico


Selected Publications


La praxis fenomenológica de Edmund Husserl, (Colección: Filosofía Actual), (Bogotá: Editorial San Pablo, 2011).

The Theory and Practice of Husserl's Phenomenology, 2nd Enlarged Ed., (Pathways in Phenomenology, Vol. 2), (Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2010).

La globalización y la fenomenología del lenguaje, (Serie Fenomenología, No. 10), (Morelia, México: Jitanjáfora Morelia Editorial, 2009).

Arguing With Care: Dialectic for a Democratic Society, (Dubuque, Iowa, Kendall Hunt Publishing Co., 2009). Revised 2010.

Ser y sentido: teoría y práctica de una fenomenología trascendental-hermenéutica, co-authored with Germán Vargas Guillén, (Colección Textos de Filosofía), (Bogotá: Editorial San Pablo, 2009).

Humanización como formación, co-authored with Germán Vargas Guillén and Sonia Cristina Gamboa Sarmiento, (Colección Textos de Filosofía), (Bogotá: Editorial San Pablo, 2008).

Argumentando con cuidado, (Colección Textos de Filosofía), (Bogotá: Universidad Pedagógica Nacional y Editorial San Pablo, 2007).

Lenguaje: dimensiones lingüísticas y extralingüísticas del sentido, (Colección Filosofía y enseñanza de la filosofía -7), (Bogotá: Editorial San Pablo-Universidad Pedagógica Nacional, 2007).

The Work of Felix Kaufmann, (Current Continental Research Series, no. 220), (N.Y.: University Press of America and the Centre for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, 1991).

The Theory and Practice of Husserl's Phenomenology, (N.Y.: University Press of America, 1986).

Language and Experience: Descriptions of Living Language in Husserl and Wittgenstein, (Current Continental Research, No. 301), (N.Y.: University Press of America and the Centre for Advanced Research in Phenomenology, 1984).

     Refereed Journal Articles:

"Alfred Schutz y Félix Kaufmann: los paréntesis metodológicos," Anuario Colombiano de Fenomenología, Vol. IV, 2010, pp. 69-90.

"Multiplícidad, espacio semántico, espacio coporal," Cultura de Guatemala, Volume III, September-December, 2009, pp. 45-57.

"La textura semántica de la afirmación científica," Cultura de Guatemala, Volume III, September-December, 2009, pp. 268-281.

"El llamado 'fenómeno' saturado," Anuario Colombiano de Fenomenología, Vol. III, 2009, pp. 275-298.

"Formación y pensamiento crítico," co-author Germán Vargas Guillén, Revista Itinerario Educativo, año XXII(22) 2008, pp. 21-51.

"Fenomenología: trascendental y también hermenéutica,"Anuario Colombiano de Fenomenología, Vol. II, 2008, pp. 61-82.

"Lenguaje y sentido: en la construcción de lo público en Hannah Arendt," co-authored with Germán Vargas Guillén, in Praxis Filosófico, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, No. 26, January-June, 2008, pp. 151-168.

"Globalización y transculturalidad. Un acercamiento fenomenológico," in Cuestiones de Filosofía, No. 9 (2007), pp. 33-44.

"Intención Signitiva y Textura Semántica," trad. Esteban Marín Ávila, Devenires. Revista de Filosofía y Filosofía de la Cultura, Año VII, Número 14, julio 2006, pp. 19-50.

"Globalización, Ethos y las Normas Pragmático-trascendentales del Discurso,"Revista Cultura de Guatemala (Guatemala City), 3rd Series, Year XXVI, Vol. III, September-December, 2005, pp. 137-156.

"Signitive Intention and Semantic Texture," Husserl Studies 20, no. 3(2004), pp. 183-206.

Chinese translation of "Husserl and Wittgenstein on the 'Mental Picture Theory of Meaning,'" tr. Professor Wang Tang Jia, Fudan University, Huishou Social Sciences, 1996.

"Never Say 'Never Say Never': Reply to Nicholas Gier, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Volume 22 (May, 1991), pp. 97-98.

"Hermeneutics and Apodicticity in Phenomenological Method," Southwest Philosophy Review, Vol. 6 no. 2, July, 1990, pp. 43-69.

"Husserl's 'Apodictic Evidence,' " Southwest Philosophical Studies 12(Spring, 1990), pp. 70-88.

"Wittgenstein Never Was a Phenomenologist," Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 20, No. 3 (October, 1989), pp. 49-68.

"Logic and Interpretation: Norm and Polyseme," Word, vol. 37, no. 1-2 (1986), pp. 111-123.

"A Phenomenological Account of the Linguistic Mediation of the Public and the Private," Husserl Studies, Vol. 1, no. 3 (1984), pp. 263-280.

"The Nature of Critical Thinking," Informal Logic, Vol. vi., no. 1 (January, 1984, p. 28).

"Husserl and Wittgenstein on the 'Mental Picture Theory of Meaning,' " Human Studies, vol. 3 (1980), pp. 157-167.

"Language and the Phenomenological Reduction: A Reply to a Wittgensteinian Objection," Man and World, vol. XII, no. 1, (1979), pp. 35-46.

"Cogito, Ergo Sum: Inference and Performance," Eidos, vol. I, no. 1(1978), pp. 30-49.

     Refereed Book Chapters:

"Las Normas de la Argumentación Dentro de y Fuera De la Ciencia," in Actas de las II Jornadas Internacionales de Hermenéutica: La hermenéutica en diálogo con las ciencias humanas y sociales: Convergencias y tensiones, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires: Ediciones Proyecto Herméunica, 2012, pp. 470-476. Published on-line: www.proyectohermeneutica.org

"Alfred Schutz and Felix Kaufmann: The Methodologist's Brackets," in Hisashi Nasu, Lester Embree, George Psathas, and Ilja Srubar, edd., Schutz and His Intellectual Partners, UVK Verlaggesellschaft, 2009, pp. 91-114.

"Felix Kaufmann, metodólogo," in Acta Fenomenológica Latinamericana, Vol. III, Morelia, Mexico: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, 2009, pp. 441-450.

"El flujo heraclíteo y sentidos parmenídeos," in Acta Fenomenológica Latinamericana, Vol. III, Morelia, Mexico: Universidad Michoacana de San Nicolás de Hidalgo and Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, 2009, pp. 67-77.

"Globalización e Interculturalidad. Un acercamiento fenomenológico," in Aída María Bejarano Varela, ed., Memorias del XII Congreso Internacional de Filosofía Latinoamericana: Filosofía, pensamiento intercultural y movimientos sociales en América Latina, (Bogotá: Universidad Santo Tomás, 2008), pp. 161-175.

"Living Words and Concepts: Semantic Space and Semantic Texture," electronic publication in Phenomenology 2005: Selected Essays from North America, (Bucharest: Zeta Books, 2007), pp. 535-559.

"Phenomenological Insights into Globalizing Education and the Preservation of Indigenous Cultures, " in Roy O. Elveton, ed., Educating for Participatory Democracy: Paradoxes in Globalizing Logics, (Critical Bodies), (Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press, 2006), pp. 161-168.

"Discernimientos Fenomenológicas en la Globalización de la Educación y en la Preservación de las Culturas Indígenas," in Educación para la Democracia Participativa: Paradojas en la Lógica de la Globalización, (Guatemala City: University of Rafael Landívar Press, 2005), pp. 169-175.

"Quantum Phenomenology," in Young-Ho Lee and Soon-Young Park eds., Phenomenology of Nature: Festschrift in Honor of Kah Kyung Cho, (Seoul: Korean Society for Phenomenology, 1998), pp. 207-235.

"Husserl's Phenomenology and Contemporary Science," in Burt Hopkins, ed., Husserl in Contemporary Context: Prospects and Projects for Phenomenology, (Contributions to Phenomenology), (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997), 211-234.

"Self-Presentation," in E.F. Kaelin and C.O. Schrag, edd. American Phenomenology: Origins and Developments, (Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research, Vol., XXVI), (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1989), pp. 367-368.

"A Phenomenological Exploration of Popper's 'World 3,'" co-author L. Langsdorf, in Horizons of Continental Philosophy: Essays on Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau-Ponty, Hugh J. Silverman, Algis Mickunas, Theodore Kisiel, and Alphonso Lingis, edd. (Martinus Nijhoff Philosophy Library, Volume 30) (Boston: Martinus Nijhoff, 1988), pp. 93-129.

"The Whole Business of Seeing: Paradigms, Perception and Cognition in Kuhn's Account of Science," co-author L. Langsdorf, in Don Ihde and Hugh Silverman edd., Descriptions, (Selected Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Vol. 11), (Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, 1985), pp. 175-199.

"A Chronological Bibliography of the Works of Felix Kaufmann," Appendix to Felix Kaufmann, The Infinite In Mathematics, ed., and tr. Brian McGuinness (Vienna Circle Collection, 9), (Dordrecht and Boston: Reidel, 1978), pp. 225-228.

     Invited Dictionary/Encyclopedia Articles:

"Felix Kaufmann (1895-1949)," in Dictionary of Modern American Philosophers, 1860-1960, Vol. 3, (Bristol, England: Thoemmes Press, 2005), pp. 1281-4.

"Kaufmann, Felix" (in Polish), in Powszechna Encyklopedia Filozofii, Vol. V, (Lublin: Polskie Towarzystwo Tomasza z Akwinu, 2004), pp. 556-557.

"Felix Kaufmann," in Lester Embree, et. al., edd., The Encyclopedia of Phenomenology, (Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 18.), (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997), 382-285.

"Ludwig Wittgenstein," in Lester Embree, et. al., edd., The Encyclopedia of Phenomenology, (Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 18.), (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1997), 732-736.


Useful links:

Husserl Circle
The Husserl Page
Center for Advanced Research in Phenomenology
Latin American Circle of Phenomenology (CLAFEN, Círculo Latinoamericano de Fenomenología)
International Philosophy Conference, Guatemala


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