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Edmund Husserl's Origin of Geometry. An Introduction

by Derrida, Jacques (1989)

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Undoubtedly , Husserl ' s production (Leistung) also involves a stratum of receptive intuition . But what matters here is that this Husserlian intuition, as it concerns the ideal objects of mathematics, is absolutely constitutive and creative: the objects or objectivities that it intends did not exist before it; and this " before" of the ideal objectivity marks more than the chronological eve of a fact: it marks a transcendental prehistory. In the Kantian revelation, on the contrary, the first geometer merely becomes conscious that it suffices for hismathematical activity to remain within a concept that it already possesses.. (p.40)


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