Continental Philosophy

Edmund Husserl

How did Edmund Husserl distinguish between two types of the self?

First, Husserl explained that there is the “psychological ego” or the “self” that owns or makes the intentional acts of consciousness. The psychological ego exists in the world, because one can be aware of it as a self. But there is also the transcendental ego for which there is a world and which is concerned about truth—the transcendental ego intends the world. The transcendental ego makes it possible for the psychological ego to exist and it determines how it will function.


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