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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 18, 2018

The Promise of Genetic Phenomenology

Alice Pugliese
Pages 91-108

Motivational Analysis in Husserl’s Genetic Phenomenology

The paper discusses motivation as the inner lawfulness of consciousness and a central methodological principle of genetic phenomenology, highlighting the problem of its ambiguous status oscillating between a historical-empirical and a transcendental account of consciousness. The focus on motivation allows for the practical character of intentionality to emerge, thus presenting genetic phenomenology as a more comprehensive approach to subjective life which takes into account its constitutive indeterminacy.