transcendent affection

Like the intuited world of bodies, the whole world of natural science ( and with it the dualistic world which can be known scientifically ) is a subjective construct of our intellect, only the material of the sense-data arises from a transcendent affection by “things in themselves.” The latter are in principle inaccessible to objective scientific knowledge. For according to this theory, man’s science, as an accomplishment bound by the interplay of the subjective faculties “sensibility” and “reason” (or, as Kant says here, “understanding”), cannot explain the origin, the “cause,” of the factual manifolds of sense-data. The ultimate presuppositions of the possibility and actuality of objective knowledge cannot be objectively knowable.

Edmund Husserl, The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology


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