Husserl's notion of the primal ego in light of the hermeneutical critique
The chapter aims to show how the hermeneutical critique of Husserl's phenomenology provides a new impetus to disclose the philosophical significance of the historicity of transcendental subjectivity. With this in mind, I situate Husserl's notion of the primal ego in between the hermeneutical critique and the "functional reading" of this concept. I trace the development of the notion of the primal ego by interpreting this concept in the framework of the Bernau Manuscripts, C-Manuscripts, and the Crisis. I argue that the primal ego is not to be thought of as an entity, but rather as a notion that indicates a number of different levels of transcendental subjectivity's constitutive accomplishments. On such a view, neither the hermeneutical critique nor the functional interpretation exhausts the significance of Husserl's notion of the primal ego. Accordingly, the primal ego is a notion, which is first and foremost designed to indicate the historicity of transcendental subjectivity.
Geniusas, S. (2012). Husserl's notion of the primal ego in light of the hermeneutical critique, in The origins of the horizon in Husserl's phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 155-174.
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