Bodilyness (Leibhaftigkeit) and History in Husserl

  • Mario A. Presas
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 7)


Beginning with Landgrebe’s interpretation of phenomenology we will examine a few essential aspects of the difficult relationship between temporality and absolute subjectivity. Our enquiry will focus upon two closely interwoven themes which have in a certain sense remained at the edge of Husserl’s central interest, the theme of bodilyness and the theme of the inner historicity of the monads. A deepening of our understanding of such themes would, on the one hand, lead to the necessity of revising the concept of “sensory data” and thus to the clarification of the special sense of the Husserlian “phenomenological-transcendental idealism”; on the other hand, the internal division in phenomenology and its possible convergence with Heidegger’s hermeneutics would thereby become clearer.


Objective Unity Transcendental Phenomenology Cartesian Meditation Difficult Relationship Transcendental Subjectivity 
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    Edmund Husserl, Formale und transzendentale Logik (ed. by P. Janssen), Nijhoff, The Hague, 1974, Husserliana XVII, p. 317. (Translated by Dorion Cairns as Formal and Transcendental Logic, Nijhoff, The Hague, 1969, p. 316.)Google Scholar
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