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Single Idea 21218

[catalogued under 9. Objects / D. Essence of Objects / 5. Essence as Kind]

Full Idea

It belongs to the sense of anything contingent to have an essence and therefore an Eidos which can be apprehended purely.

Gist of Idea

The sense of anything contingent has a purely apprehensible essence or Eidos

Source

Edmund Husserl (Ideas: intro to pure phenomenology [1913], I.02), quoted by Victor Velarde-Mayol - On Husserl 3.2.2

A Reaction

This is the quirky idea that we can know necessary categorial essences a priori, even if the category is currently empty. Crops us in Lowe. Husserl says grasping the corresponding individuals must be possible. Third Man question.

Book Reference

Velarde-Mayol,Victor: 'On Husserl' [Wadsworth 2000], p.44