Self-Consciousness and Otherness: Hegel and Husserl

Saulius Geniušas


Countless differences between Hegel and Husserl notwithstanding, there is a common element in both of their accounts of the genesis of otherness. According to both, only if one delves into the interiority of self-consciousness, can one account for the rudimentary appearance of the Other. Following the Hegelian and Husserlian variants of such a strategy, this paper argues that: (1) at the primitive levels of self-consciousness, subjectivity is intersubjective through and through; (2) an irreducible distance separates the Other from the self, due to which plurality cannot be surpassed by totality. In contrast to the view which sees these claims as though they were irreconcilable with each other, this paper shows how each of them calls for its apparent opposite. While it is common to establish the unanimity of these claims in opposition to Hegel, or Husserl, or both, this paper shows how such a concordance itself emerges from an Auseinandersetzung between them.


Article in: English

Article published: 2008-09-15

Keyword(s): body; desire; intersubjectivity; otherness; self-consciousness

DOI: 10.3846/1822-430X.2008.16.3.27-36

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