Non-contextual Self: Husserl and Nishida on the Primal Mode of the Self

  • Shigeru TaguchiEmail author


It is obvious that in my experience, I cannot leave my own experience. Given that, how can I know that there are other perspectives than mine? In the present paper, I first approach this problem from the standpoint of Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. Husserl seems to answer the question by his reflection on the “primal I” (Ur-Ich). I will analyze this strange but thought-provoking concept by interpreting it as a kind of “non-contextual self.” Second, I will compare the result of this consideration with the concept of “pure experience” and “basho” (place) proposed by Kitaro Nishida. I try to show that these seemingly bizarre ideas of non-individual self might be necessary for our understanding of self and others. Individuals can only appear in a certain context, whereas there is a sort of experience that does not fit in any context.



This work was supported by JSPS KAKENHI Grant Number 17K0215307.


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  1. 1.Hokkaido UniversitySapporoJapan

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