We stand before the great question of the beginning

We stand before the great question of the beginning. We are
now nascent philosophers in the absolute situation. Behind us lies | VIII, 26/27
our previous scientific life with all its cognitive products, heretofore
so satisfactory to us: with, that is, the truths, theories, and sciences
10 that we had previously deemed absolute. They no longer suffice for
us. We have awoken from the naiveté of the positive grounding of
truth; we have felt the sting of skepticism painfully enough. Through
it we have learned to direct our gaze at that cognizing subjectivity
from whose conscious achievements, from whose pretheoretical
15 passivity and theoretical activity, all merely supposed being as well
as that which is grounded as true, all merely supposed theory but
also that which shows itself to be objective truth, arise subjectively.
We have already become aware that a perfect cognition of what the
world is and what true theory determines for it cannot be attained
20 without studying the transcendental subjectivity in which world
and world-theory are constituted in a transcendental–subjective
manner. Every positive science is, accordingly, burdened by an
abstract one-sidedness inasmuch as in it, the transcendental life
and achievement of the experiencing, thinking, investigating, and
25 grounding consciousness remains anonymous, unseen, untheorized,
and uncomprehended.

[Edmund #Husserl, First #Philosophy, p. 231]

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