Me, myself and I

Sartre and Husserl on elusiveness of the self

Pierre-Jean Renaudie

pp. 99-113

In his early essay on transcendence of the ego, Sartre attempted to follow Husserl's Logical Investigations and to draw the consequences of his phenomenological criticism of subjectivity. Both authors have emphasized the elusiveness of the self as a result of intentionality of consciousness. However, Sartre's analysis of ego led him quite far from Husserl's philosophical project, insofar as it was somehow already raising the question about the moral nature of the self, and was thus establishing the basis of the conception of moral consciousness that has been displayed later in Being and Nothingness. This article stresses the importance of such a turn in Sartre's philosophy, which reorients him from a strict description of consciousness toward a moral assessment of the structure of the self.

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DOI: 10.1007/s11007-013-9243-3

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Renaudie, P.-J. (2013). Me, myself and I: Sartre and Husserl on elusiveness of the self. Continental Philosophy Review 46 (1), pp. 99-113.

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