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9 Husserl’s Ethics of Renewal: A Personalistic Approach

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In the early 1920s, Edmund Husserl published a series of essays on renewal in the Japanese journal Kaizo, discussing human life, its goaldirected, teleological nature and its possibilities for self-regulation. Husserl focused on the problems of individual transformation and social-cultural development and argued that human life should not be modelled on biological life. Human life and animal life include similar elements, such as drives, needs and feelings, but these moments can become objects of reflection and critical inspection only within human life, and can thus receive a rational justification. This chapter explicates Husserl's idea of ethical life in distinction from the other possible types of human life. It then discusses the personalistic emphasis of Husserl's approach and the secondary role that the other person has in it. The chapter clarifies Husserl's understanding of ethical selfawareness.

Keywords: animal life; Edmund Husserl; ethical life; Human life; Kaizo



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