Questioning Husserl’s Conception of a ‘Primal Endowment’ (Ur-Stiftung) and Heidegger’s Concept of Enowning (Ereignis)

  • Eveline Cioflec
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU)


Starting from Heidegger’s concept of the ‘between’ (Zwischen), I analyze the similarity and difference between Husserl’s conception of original, ‘primal endowment’ (Ur-stiftung) and Heidegger’s concept of the ‘enowning’ (Ereignis). For Heidegger, the concept of the ‘between’ leads phenomenological inquires back to a dynamic and genetic difference that allows coming into being, and it finds its very answer in the conception of the ‘enowning’. Husserls historical concept of original, ‘primal endowment’ can also be considered as an answer to a genetic difference. Considering this common point of a genetic difference which exceeds meaning, I raise the question concerning the extent to which Husserl’s historical conception of origin and of original, ‘primal endowment’ is similar to Heidegger’s concept of enowning.


Genetic Difference Phenomenological Approach Ontological Difference Fundamental Ontology Primal Establishment 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Eveline Cioflec
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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of Fort HareEast LondonSouth Africa

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