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Universals

Universals 29 Universals FRED KERSTEN In a few words I shall attempt to sketch the contribution of Dorion Cairns to the Husserlian account of the constituting of universals. In order to locate his contribution, it is necessary to briefly state the novelty of Husserl's account of universals. § 1. THE NOVELTY OF HUSSERL'S ACCOUNT OF "UNIVERSALS." In the first volume of Ideas, as well as in the second edition of the Logical Investigations, Husserl makes the following points concerning the seeing and seizing upon "universals" ("essences," "Eide"): 1. The consciousness of a "universal" is founded on actual or imagined perceivings or individual exemplifications of the "universal." This would signify, for instance, that I do not have to see any particular red colors to see and seize upon the ideal, the universal, Color; but I would have to imagine the perceiving of individual real colors. 2. There is no analogue in perception for the seeing and seizing upon "universals," there is therefore no "empirical, scientific description" of them. 3. In the case of perception, what is perceived is believed in as real, spatiotemporally individuated. In contrast, space and time are utterly unimportant for consciousness of universals. The clear recollecting of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

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Brill
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© 1974 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916474X00061
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29 Universals FRED KERSTEN In a few words I shall attempt to sketch the contribution of Dorion Cairns to the Husserlian account of the constituting of universals. In order to locate his contribution, it is necessary to briefly state the novelty of Husserl's account of universals. § 1. THE NOVELTY OF HUSSERL'S ACCOUNT OF "UNIVERSALS." In the first volume of Ideas, as well as in the second edition of the Logical Investigations, Husserl makes the following points concerning the seeing and seizing upon "universals" ("essences," "Eide"): 1. The consciousness of a "universal" is founded on actual or imagined perceivings or individual exemplifications of the "universal." This would signify, for instance, that I do not have to see any particular red colors to see and seize upon the ideal, the universal, Color; but I would have to imagine the perceiving of individual real colors. 2. There is no analogue in perception for the seeing and seizing upon "universals," there is therefore no "empirical, scientific description" of them. 3. In the case of perception, what is perceived is believed in as real, spatiotemporally individuated. In contrast, space and time are utterly unimportant for consciousness of universals. The clear recollecting of

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1974

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