(2009) Husserl Studies 25 (2).

Triebsphäre und Urkindheit des Ich

Alice Pugliese

pp. 141-157

This paper explores Husserl's late manuscripts in order to sketch a phenomenological description of drives and the dimension of passive constitution that belongs to them. Although this topic touches upon psychological issues, it will be shown that a specifically phenomenological approach allows us to recognize the transcendental significance of instincts. By means of the phenomenological reduction, drives reveal a peculiar subject, the "original child', which is described not as a figure of developmental psychology but as a transcendental subject pre-forming the way the world appears to us. Drives work constantly and passively as obscure sources of sense, and the original child is always involved in the constitution of the world. Sharpening our understanding of the inner structure of subjectivity by digging into deeper constitutive levels has important consequences for our view of intersubjectivity: it is not only the individual subject's consciousness but equally the relation between human subjects which is necessarily rooted in the dimension of drives. Accordingly, collective teleology cannot be considered a late product of human cooperation. Instead, it is an original and pre-predicative impulse.

Publication details

DOI: 10.1007/s10743-009-9055-9

Full citation:

Pugliese, A. (2009). Triebsphäre und Urkindheit des Ich. Husserl Studies 25 (2), pp. 141-157.

This document is unfortunately not available for download at the moment.