Single Idea 22214

[catalogued under 16. Persons / C. Self-Awareness / 2. Knowing the Self]

Full Idea

We never stumble across the pure Ego as an experience within the flux of manifold experiences which survives as transcendental residuum; nor do we meet it as a constitutive bit of experience appearing with the experience of which it is an integral part.

Gist of Idea

We never meet the Ego, as part of experience, or as left over from experience


Edmund Husserl (Ideas: intro to pure phenomenology [1913], II.4.057)

Book Reference

Husserl,Edmund: 'Ideas: general introduction to pure phenomenology', ed/tr. Boyce Gibson,W [Routledge 2012], p.111

A Reaction

It seems that he agrees with David Hume. Sartre's 'Transcendence of the Ego' follows up this idea. However, Husserl goes on to assert the 'necessity' of the permanent Ego, which sounds like Kant's view.