David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Husserl Studies 21 (1):35-53 (2005)
The question of who we are is a perennial one in philosophy. It is particularly acute in transcendental philosophy with its focus on the subject. In its attempt to see in the subject the structures and activities that determine experience, such philosophy confronts what Husserl called “the paradox of human subjectivity.” This is the paradox of its two-fold being. It has “both the being of a subject for the world and the being of an object in the world.” As the first, it appears as the subject whose constitutive syntheses result in the presence of the world. Possessing an “absolute being,” it is uniquely singular. As the second, it is itself but one object among many in the world. It appears as a particular human subject with all the vulnerabilities and limitations that we all too readily recognize in ourselves. Reflecting on this duality, Husserl asks: “Howcan human subjectivity,which is a part of theworld, constitute thewhole world, i.e., constitute it as its intentional product . . .? The subjective part of the world swallows up, so to speak, the whole world including itself. What an absurdity!”4 The absurdity arises when we identify the two subjectivities, that is, when we say that the absolutely constituting subjectivity is, in fact, our own limited empirical subjectivity. It is at this point that we say that a part of the world constitutes the whole of the world and hence itself as a part of this whole.
|Keywords||Subjectivity Husserl World Constituting subjectivity|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Brennan Murray Wauters, Four Orders of Human Subjectivity as Determined by Body Technique, Technology, and Objectification.
Jeffrey Edwards (2000). The Paradox of Subjectivity: The Self in the Transcendental Tradition (Review). Journal of the History of Philosophy 38 (4):609-610.
William G. Lycan (1990). What is the "Subjectivity" of the Mental? Philosophical Perspectives 11 (2):229-238.
Annelies Schulte Nordholt (2000). Subjectivity in a Post-Colonial Symbolic: The Anxiety of Joyce / Christine Van Boheemen. Proust and Subjectivity. In Willem van Reijen & Willem G. Weststeijn (eds.), Subjectivity. Rodopi
Sebastian Gardner (2004). Review: The Paradox of Subjectivity: The Self in the Transcendental Tradition. [REVIEW] Mind 113 (451):535-539.
Kim Atkins (ed.) (2005). Self and Subjectivity. Blackwell Pub..
Michael K. Shim (2005). The Paradox of Subjectivity. Husserl Studies 21 (2):139-144.
John Heywood Thomas (1957). Subjectivity and Paradox. Oxford, B. Blackwell.
David Carr (1999). The Paradox of Subjectivity: The Self in the Transcendental Tradition. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads31 ( #124,828 of 1,793,170 )
Recent downloads (6 months)3 ( #280,900 of 1,793,170 )
How can I increase my downloads?