Notes on Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations

I’ve only read half of this so far.  I couldn’t finish it because I borrowed it from a library.  I’ll get to it later.

Cartesian Ego: subject of pure cogitation.  All principles are innate in the pure Ego.

Evidence: it is an experiencing of something that is, and is thus. It is a mental seeing.

Epoche: the radical method by which I apprehend myself purely

Transcendental Heading: Ego Cogito.  Each conscious process means something or other and bears with it its own cogitatum.  The ego is concrete only in the “endlessly open universality of his connectedly unitary intentional life” (38).

Intentionality: thoughts are always thoughts about something.

Transcendental Time: “every subjective process has its own internal temporality” (41). If we take an object as it appears to us, we have to distinguish between the objective temporality that appears from the internal temporality of its appearing (this is our perceiving of it, as it “flows away”).  Our consciousness takes the two temporalities into a synthetic unity. What I think Husserl is trying to do is allow for both subjectivity and objectivity. The knowing subject, a la Kant, is always operative, yet that doesn’t negate the inherent objectivity of a thing.

 internal time: subjective processes.

Consciousness of internal time: modes of temporal appearance; multiplicities.



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