Human Studies

, Volume 40, Issue 2, pp 175–190 | Cite as

Husserl’s Phenomenology of Animality and the Paradoxes of Normality

  • Cristian Ciocan
Theoretical / Philosophical Paper


In this article, I will discuss the Husserlian phenomenology of animality, by focusing on several texts of the 1920s in which the animal is determined as an abnormal variation of the human being. My aim is to address the question of the abnormality of the animal by reintegrating it in its original context, which is Husserl’s theory of normality. I will sketch the general framework of this theory, its articulations and strata, in order to eventually raise some paradoxical issues, specifically in relation to how the question of animality is interpreted through the couple normality/abnormality.


Phenomenology Animality Normality Abnormality Intersubjectivity 



I would like to thank the two anonymous reviewers for their insightful comments and suggestions. Also, I am grateful to Elizabeth A. Behnke for her remarks on this topic. Funding was provided by UEFISCDI (Grant No. PN-II-RU-TE- 2014-4-0630).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of BucharestBucharestRomania

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