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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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A First Recourse to Genesis: Intentional Psychologism

A First Recourse to Genesis: Intentional Psychologism

(p.16) 2 A First Recourse to Genesis: Intentional Psychologism
The Problem of Genesis in Husserl's Philosophy
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This chapter explains the problem of the genesis of mathematics that has a scope according to the book The Philosophy of Arithmetic, which is the book of a disappointed mathematician. The problem of the genesis of mathematics is not yet treated as such by Husserl, but this is what is giving direction to his research. It is seen here that Husserl's psychologism is quite discrete from the psychologism of his time. Intentionality of consciousness would have allowed the reconciliation of the act of the constituting subject and the objectivity of logical meaning. Only intentionality finds the “a priori synthesis” and, through this, a genesis of number. Dissatisfied with his psychologism as he was with the mathematicians' logicism, Husserl gives up his researches on arithmetic. Hence, objectivity of essences will refer to a constituting subject that will no longer be psychological but logical.

Keywords:   The Philosophy of Arithmetic, a priori synthesis, mathematical operation, genesis, mathematics, objectivity, intentionality, psychologism

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