On the Difference Between Transcendental and Empirical Subjectivity

  • David Carr
Part of the Contributions to Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 25)


From the time his phenomenological method was fully developed, Husserl always distinguished between transcendental subjectivity and its empirical or “mundane” counterpart. In this, as in many other things, Husserl’s work was influenced by Kant and the neo-Kantians, who made a similar distinction. In this paper I want to examine this distinction, primarily in its Husserlian form, and consider some of its implications.


Natural Attitude Philosophical Question Phenomenological Method Ontological Question Transcendental Phenomenology 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.Emory UniversityUSA

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