From Reason to Love? Or from Love to Reason? The Role of Instincts

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Husserl held that rational life is guided and surrounded by a “non-actualized” horizon of varied interests motivated by passive life. I wonder here, specifically, whether the properly theoretical rational activity (praxis)—an activity that claims to attain the unquestionable and pure cognitive objectivity enshrined by modernity—is ever wholly dissociated from its emotional and somatic roots. Both a historical overview of the nature of love as a polymorphic phenomenon and Husserl’s reading of Fichte serve as background for the hypothesis proposed by this paper.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationContributions To Phenomenology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages27
StatePublished - 2022

Publication series

NameContributions To Phenomenology
ISSN (Print)0923-9545
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1915


  • Fichte
  • Husserl
  • Irrational motivations
  • Love
  • Phenomenology
  • Reason


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