(2013) Husserl Studies 29 (1).

From adequacy to apodicticity

development of the notion of reflection in Husserl's phenomenology

Wenjing Cai

pp. 13-27

The article explores a gradual refinement of the notion of reflection in Husserlian phenomenology. In his early period, Husserl takes phenomenological reflection to attain adequate evidence, since its object is self-given in an absolute and complete manner. However, this conception of reflection does not remain unchanged. Husserl later realizes that immanent perception or phenomenological reflection also involves a certain horizonality and naivety that has to do with its temporal nature and must be queried in a further critical, apodictic reflection. Focusing more on the notion of apodicticity than adequacy, Husserl subsequently ascribes a new methodological role to reflection: instead of a mere epistemic warrant that guarantees for us the ultimate truth of our experiential life once and for all, phenomenological reflection ensures the strictness of phenomenology insofar as it entails an ethical-existential dimension as the norm of a life-form where the subject pursues full self-understanding and self-justification.

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DOI: 10.1007/s10743-012-9119-0

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Cai, W. (2013). From adequacy to apodicticity: development of the notion of reflection in Husserl's phenomenology. Husserl Studies 29 (1), pp. 13-27.

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