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date: 20 March 2019

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This chapter considers several important themes of Husserl’s middle period through the prism of important developments in his ethical thought. The chapter examines the transformation in Husserl’s ethics from the idealized consequentialism of his early thought to a personalist ethics based on the notion of absolute loves and the absolute duties they impose. The examination proceeds by considering, first, the role the Husserlian themes of the personalistic attitude, time-consciousness, and absolute consciousness play in this transformation. Consideration is given, second, to the Fichtean themes introduced into Husserl’s later ethical reflections and their consistency with the more general phenomenological positions Husserl has taken in the middle period. The chapter concludes that the metaphysical directions taken in Husserl’s later ethical thought cannot be justified phenomenologically.

Keywords: absolute consciousness, absolute love, feeling, Fichte, Geiger, Husserl, personalistic attitude, reason, value, vocation

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