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In light of a recent discussion between Troy and myself I figured I’d post a (rather large) quote from Husserl regarding his epoche:

“Consequently, a genuine theory of knowledge makes sense only when it is transcendental and phenomenological. In that case it does not deal with meaningless conclusions from an alleged immanence to an alleged transcendence, the so-called things-in-themselves, but instead deals exclusively with the systematic exposition and clarification of the act of knowledge. By means of this clarification the act of knowledge is understood, through and through, as an intentional act. In this way, every type of being, whether real [reales’] or ideal [ideales], is understood as a formation which is constituted in this particular act of transcendental subjectivity. This type of understanding is the highest conceivable form of rationality. All erroneous interpretations of being originate in a naive blindness for the horizons which

co-determine the meaning of being. The ego’s genuine self-disclosure — carried through in careful evidence and hence concretely — leads to a transcendental idealism, but one in a fundamentally new sense. It is not a psychological idealism. It is not an idealism which purports to derive a meaningful world from meaningless sense data. Nor is it a Kantian idealism, which, by being a limiting conception, had hoped to leave open the possibility for a world of things-in-themselves. Our idealism is nothing other than a consistently carried through self-disclosure, that is, in the form of a systematic egological science, of any meaning of being which makes sense to me, the ego. This idealism is not the construction of playful arguments; it is not as if we were engaged in a dialectical struggle with realisms, where idealism is the prize that must be won. It is an idealism, rather, which follows from a genuinely worked-out analysis of meanings as these appear (to the ego in experience) in the transcendence of nature, of culture, and of the world in general, which is, in turn, the systematic disclosure of the constituting intentionality itself. The proof for this idealism is found in the active exercise of phenomenology itself [emphasis his].”


– Edmund Husserl, The Paris Lectures, 33-34

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