Phenomenology 2005

Volume 5, Issue Part 2, 2007

Selected Essays from North America Part 2

Saulius Geniusas
Pages 325-360

On the Paradox of Perception and the Emergence of the Absolute Consciousness in Husserl’s Phenomenology

The following investigation addresses the correlation between the given object and its manners of givenness, endorsed by Husserl as the fundamental question of his phenomenology. The essay identifies the origin of this correlation in the paradox of perception as it emerges in the Investigations and proceeds to show how this paradox triggers the emergence of the absolute consciousness in Husserl’s writings on time and Ideas I. Resisting the schematic approaches to Husserl’s work that construe its development in terms of a series of disconnected phases, this essay aims to explicate why Husserl himself considered the correlation between the object and its manners of givenness a theme that provides unity to his lifework.