"It was not always the case that science understood its demand for rigorously grounded truth in the sense of the sort of objectivity which dominantes our positive sciences in respect to method and which, having its effect far beyond the sciences themselves, is the basis for the support and widespread acceptance of a philosophical and ideological positivism. The specifically human questions were not always banned from the realm of science; their intrinsic relationship to all sciences - even those of which man is not the subject matter, such as the natural sciences - was not left unconsidered. As long as this has not yet happened, science could claim significance - indeed, as we know, the major role - in the completely new shaping of European humanity which began with the Renaissance. Why science lost this leadership, why there occurred an essential change, a positivistic restriction of the idea of science - to understand this, according to its deeper motives, is of great importance for the purpose of these lectures".
The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology - E. Husserl