Husserl and Kant on Persönlichkeit

James Dodd


This paper pursues a Kantian critique of Husserl’s theory of moral consciousness as it is found in his lectures on ethics and other shorter pieces on political and moral philosophy from the interwar period. The critique centers on Kant’s conception of moral personality (Persönlichkeit), arguing that Husserl fails to appreciate the force of this idea, subsequently leaving himself open to the charge of moral perfectionism. The paper ends with a positive assessment of Husserl’s thought, however, arguing that Husserl provides important resources for understanding moral consciousness as a sensibility for the possible, adding an important dimension to approaches in ethics that tend to center exclusively on questions of motivation and principle.



Article in: English

Article published: 2009-09-15

Keyword(s): Husserl; Kant; moral consciousness; phenomenology; ethics; method

DOI: 10.3846/1822-430X.2009.17.3.29-38

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