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The Problem of Genesis in Husserl's Philosophy$
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Jacques Derrida

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780226143156

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226143774.001.0001

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The First Task of Philosophy: The Reactivation of Genesis

The First Task of Philosophy: The Reactivation of Genesis

(p.161) 9 The First Task of Philosophy: The Reactivation of Genesis
The Problem of Genesis in Husserl's Philosophy
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This chapter establishes the intentional genesis of Geometry and defines the type of analysis by which it must always be possible to grasp again the transcendental originality of a historical production of consciousness at its origin. From the creative origin, genesis is a “continual synthesis” in which all the productions are present and valid and form a totality, in such a way that each presents the “whole production” which is a total premise for the production of the superior stage. The problem of the origin of geometry must be guided by a knowledge of the structures of principle such as originary foundation, originary material, originary certainty, sedimentation, and reactivation. Indeed, failing to seize the a priori concrete sense of the technological genesis, Husserl must invoke a hidden reason in history, which every reactivation of genesis will unveil.

Keywords:   genesis of Geometry, consciousness, whole production, genesis, Husserl

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