The problem of the self-graspability of the body – Husserl and Sartre

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Katarzyna Gurczyńska-Sady


The topic of the article is the way in which a human being can grasp its own body. The confrontation between Husserl's and Sartre's philosophy about meeting Another is my way of showing the radical change in our understanding of the problem of how we know our own body. According to Husserl both our psyche and body are given to us immediately. The body of Another is given to us by means of our own body. The psyche of Another is made present through his body. This conception is inverted by Sartre. Both the psyche and the body are no longer able to grasp themselves. Yet this does not mean that Another is ungraspable. Knowledge of him does not require self-knowledge. The psyche of Another is given through his body, which is given immediately. Our own body needs the body of Another - it is contained in everything that is not itself.


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Gurczyńska-Sady, Katarzyna. 2009. “The Problem of the Self-Graspability of the Body – Husserl and Sartre”. Diametros, no. 21 (September):14-29.
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