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Ursula Renz

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190226411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226411.001.0001

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Husserl’s Phenomenology and the Project of Transcendental Self-Knowledge

Husserl’s Phenomenology and the Project of Transcendental Self-Knowledge

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(p.240) Chapter thirteen Husserl’s Phenomenology and the Project of Transcendental Self-Knowledge
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Self-Knowledge
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Dermot Moran

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190226411.003.0016

This chapter explores Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology of self-knowledge, including his conceptions of subjectivity, sense constitution, and the divide between natural and transcendental self-experience. Husserl regards self-knowledge as the key to all knowledge, and he sees his project as a radicalization of Descartes’ exploration of the first person. All objectivity is the achievement of constituting subjectivity, and so coming to know this subjectivity is of the greatest importance to overcome naturalistic objectivism. Self-knowledge, moreover, for Husserl, involves a commitment to be an autonomous responsible subject living a life of clarified rational motives. This chapter outlines Husserl’s rich conception of the self and its self-knowledge, including its temporal and habitual character, the nature of the splitting of the ego in natural and transcendental reflection, and the relation of I to not-I.

Keywords:   self-knowledge, phenomenology, Husserl, subjectivity, Descartes, self-experience, transcendental reflection

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