Husserl Studies

, Volume 22, Issue 3, pp 223–240 | Cite as

The absolute ought and the unique individual

  • James G. Hart
Original Paper


The referent of the transcendental and indexical “I” is present non-ascriptively and contrasts with “the personal I” which necessity is presenced as having properties. Each is unique but in different ways. The former is abstract and incomplete until taken as a personal I. The personal I is ontologically incomplete until it self-determines itself morally. The “absolute Ought” is the exemplary moral self-determination and it finds a special disclosure in “the truth of will.” Simmel's situation ethics is useful for making more precise Husserl's ethical position.


Person Individual Absolute Ought Truth of will Georg Simmel 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Religious StudiesIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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