Transcendental Aesthetic and the Problem of Transcendentality

  • Vincenzo Costa
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 148)


The present paper sets out to delineate the phenomena, scope and characteristics of a transcendental aesthetic and to place it within the context of the transcendental-phenomenological project, with the ultimate aim of offering an interpretation of the notion of the transcendental in Edmund Husserl’s phenomenology. I shall try first of all to show that the phenomenological problem of foundation has nothing to do with a self-conscious subject, without shadows, entirely transparent. The problem of foundation has rather to do with the elaboration of a phenomenology that deals with the subjectivity of the subject. This is another way of saying that in order to frame a theory of transcendental experience we need a transcendental aesthetic that is amenable to the analysis of primordial constitution, namely to the most fundamental structures that rule the life of consciousness as transcendental life.


Transcendental Phenomenology Primordial Constitution Fundamental Ontology Cartesian Meditation Transcendental Subjectivity 
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