Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 21, 2021

From Witnessing to Testimony

Rolf Kühn
Pages 317-347

Husserls Begriff der Trieb- und Instinktintentionalität als transzendentale Monadologie
Eine Problemskizze zur methodischen Besinnung der klassischen Phänomenologie

Considering that Husserl identifies passivity as the general principle of genetic dynamics and as given prior to any intentional activity, the original condition of possibility of such passivity must be clarified. Phenomenological analysis can successfully attest the presence of a drive-habituality operating prior to the level of the I, an instinct-character, thus, that raises the question about life as auto-affective capability. In the framework of a universal monadology the latter’s teleological orientation must be questioned in order to avoid that both the limes constituted by the unconscious as well as affective being remain indeterminate and anonymous, which would not do justice to the transcendental rootedness of drive and instinct through the form of ipseity.