The questionable character of the concepts of “outer” and “inner” experience

THE FUNDAMENTAL MISTAKE of wanting to view men and animals seriously as double realities, as combinations of two different sorts of realities which are to be equated in the sense of their reality, and accordingly the desire to investigate souls also through the method of the science of bodies, i.e., souls as existing within natural causality, in space-time, like bodies – this gave rise to the supposed obviousness of a method to be formed as an analogue to natural science. The understandable result of both natural-scientific method and the new psychological method was the false parallelism of “inner” and “outer” experience. Both concepts remained unclear in respect to sense and function (their scientific function for physics, psychology, psychophysics).

Edmund Husserl, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology

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