Self-Feeling pp 161-170 | Cite as

Self-Feeling and Unity

  • Gerhard Kreuch
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 107)


This chapter shows that self-feeling may contribute to the problem of unity as well, while not attempting to present a comprehensive theory of self. This can be further explained by introducing Heidegger’s notion of the “care-structure”. It has three elements that are affectively manifested and revealed in self-feeling. Importantly, Heidegger’s “care-structure” is not static but essentially temporal. Thus, self-feeling is not about ourselves as static sameness but as dynamic, living beings. It affectively discloses and manifests the basic, dynamic structure of “care”. There is no “core self” that would be the object of self-feeling. Instead, self-feeling is the affective resonance to our active way of existing as human beings. As can be seen, this account of self-feeling goes beyond the egological/non-egological distinction. It is not non-egological because it reveals our individual existence as a whole. It is not egological in the traditional sense because it is not about a “core self”. Instead, it is egological in a new, unorthodox way because it is the affective resonance of the dynamic process of our individual, human life. As a consequence, self-feeling can account for the unity of self-consciousness both in its synchronic and its diachronic aspect.


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  • Gerhard Kreuch
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of ViennaViennaAustria

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