The Phenomenological Context and Transcendentalism of John Henry Newman and Edmund Husserl

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

Spring 2008


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.