The Transcendental ‘A Priori’ in Husserl and Kant

  • Richard T. Murphy
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 3)


It is our purpose to elucidate the transcendental character of the a priori: its essential relation to the possibility of experience and its origin in transcendental subjectivity. It is to Kant’s theory of the a priori that we look for a point of departure. However, in order to reveal fully the transcendental import of Kant’s teaching, appeal will be made to Husserl’s modified and expanded theory of the Kantian a priori. Central to Husserl’s teaching, and of utmost importance to our purpose, is his phenomenological analysis of transcendental subjectivity. Only such an analysis, we are convinced, offers the hope of uncovering the transcendental function of the a priori on the primal level of the pre-predicative, pre-reflective experience underlying ethical and aesthetical reflection.


Pure Reason Phenomenal World Primal Perception Intentional Constitution Original Unity 
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