The Genetic Constitution of the Ego and the Passage to a New Form of Transcendental Idealism

in The Problem of Genesis in Husserl's Philosophy

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780226143156
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226143774 | DOI:
The Genetic Constitution of the Ego and the Passage to a New Form of Transcendental Idealism

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This chapter presents the continuity of the phenomenological method in Cartesian Meditations by Husserl and the genetic theme appears to fit in harmoniously with the history of phenomenology. The way in which Husserl was tempted to save transcendental idealism by reference to teleology and a philosophy of history is discussed in this chapter. The passivity of the reduced genesis to its intentional and eidetic meaning is integrated a priori into a transcendental activity. If transcendental intersubjectivity is only possible starting from the single common world, existence and essence are given in a passive genesis which runs the risk of reducing the explicitation of the monadic transcendental ego to be a second moment of a veritable constitutive analysis, indispensable but insufficient. All the systematic and apparently definitive positions that Husserl taken after 1930 remain faithful to this transcendental idealism for which being remains “a practical idea, that of the infinity of theoretically determining work.”

Keywords: phenomenological method; Cartesian Meditations; Husserl; genetic theme; transcendental intersubjectivity; transcendental idealism

Chapter.  9586 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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