In the skeptical mood necessarily created by critical epistemological reflection…

In the skeptical mood necessarily created by critical epistemological reflection (here I mean the initial reflection that occurs within the natural mode of thought and thus precedes any scientific critique of knowledge), every positive science and every positive scientific method ceases to count as an available possession. For here the ability of knowledge to make contact with an object has become enigmatic and even dubious in its very sense and possibility – and here exact knowledge is no less enigmatic than non-exact knowledge, scientific no [25] less than prescientific. What becomes questionable is the possibility of knowledge, more precisely, the possibility of knowledge making contact with an objectivity that is, after all, what it is in itself. Αt bottom, what knowledge accomplishes, the sense of its claim to validity or justification, the sense of the distinction between valid knowledge and knowledge that merely makes a pretense to validity, is in question; as is, [p. 20] on the other side, the sense of objectivity, which is and is what it is whether it is known or not, and yet as an objectivity is an objectivity of a possible knowledge, in principle knowable even if it has as a matter of fact never been known or will be known, in principle perceivable, imaginable, and determinable by predicates in a possible judgment, etc. [p. 21]

Edmund Husserl, The Idea of Phenomenology, trans. Lee Hardy, pp. 20-21

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