Aron Gurwitsch

Aron Gurwitsch (Russian: Аро́н Гу́рвич; January 17, 1901, Vilnius, Vilna Governorate – June 25, 1973, Zurich) was a Litvak American phenomenologist.


Gurwitsch wrote on the relations between phenomenology and Gestalt psychology, and in the problems of the organization of consciousness. In particular, he distinguished between the theme, the thematic context and the margin. This is the core of his theory of the Field of Consciousness. He taught at Brandeis University in the mid-1950s. He taught at The New School For Social Research's Graduate Faculty of Social and Political Science from 1959 to 1973.

Academic genealogy

He was a student of Moritz Geiger, among others. Notable students of Gurwitsch include Lester Embree and Henry E. Allison.


  • Théorie du champ de la conscience (1957). Translated: Field of Consciousness, Pittsburgh, Pa.: Dusquesne University Press (1964).
  • Studies in phenomenology and psychology. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press (1966).
  • Leibniz, New York: de Gruyter (1974).
  • Phenomenology and the Theory of Science. Edited by Lester Embree. Evanston, Ill.: Northwestern University Press (1974).
  • Kants Theories des Verstandes, edited by Thomas Seebohm. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers (1990).
  • The Collected Works of Aron Gurwitsch (1901–1973) published by Springer.
    • Vol. I: Constitutive Phenomenology in Historical Perspective
    • Volume II: Studies in Phenomenology and Psychology
    • Volume III: The Field of Consciousness: Theme, Thematic Field, and Margin

See also

  • Transcendental phenomenology

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