Husserl Archives Leuven

International Centre for Phenomenological Research

International Centre for Phenomenological Research
Welcome to the husserl archives!

Our doors are always open from Monday to Friday, 10-12 and 14-16pm

If you are interested in the history of the Archives, want to take a closer look at the manuscripts or get a grip of the spirit of Husserl: we offer ‘guided tours’, just write a mail to

Husserl Archives in Leuven

The Husserl Archives in Leuven is responsible for the publication of the philosophical work of Edmund Husserl. It was established in 1939 when, facing the threat that because of his Jewish origin, Husserl's work might be destroyed by the National Socialist authorities, Professor H.L. Van Breda successfully brought Husserl's estate secretly from Freiburg to Leuven.

Husserl HandwritingThe chief mission of the Archives remains research into and documentation of Husserl's estate. The Archives receives visitors from around the world interested in consulting Husserl's manuscripts, or the extensive Phenomenology library of the research centre. Thanks to activities such as the publication of monographs and the organisation of international conferences, the Husserl-Archives plays a central role in the dissemination and development of the phenomenological movement.


Upcoming events

  • Husserl Memorial Lecture and Seminar with Prof. Dieter Lohmar
    15 October 2014: "Non-linguistic thinking - from a phenomenological point of view" (lecture)
    16 October 2014: "Specials cases in human and animal non-linguistic thinking" (seminar)
  • International Conference:
    The Great War and Phenomenology

    Keynote speakers: Marc Crépon (Paris), James Dodd (New York), Peter Hoeres (Würzburg)
    3-6 December 2014