Not Idealist Enough. Satomi Takahashi and Tomoo Otaka on Husserl’s Idealism

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The present paper aims at reconstructing the reactions to Husserl’s idealism in the writings of two of his Japanese students: Satomi Takahashi (1886–1964) and Tomoo Otaka (1899–1956). While both Takahashi and Otaka hold that Husserl’s phenomenological “idealism” is ultimately not idealism at all, they argue for this claim in quite different ways. Takahashi argues that Husserl’s position is not idealist enough to establish subjective idealism, which he takes to be the Master’s intended position and which Takahashi himself favors. In contrast, Otaka finds a possibility of realism in Husserl’s position.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContributions To Phenomenology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages22
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameContributions To Phenomenology
ISSN (Print)0923-9545
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1915


  • Edmund Husserl
  • Idealism
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Meaning
  • Noema
  • Phenomenological reduction
  • Realism
  • Satomi Takahashi
  • Tomoo Otaka

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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