The Ontological Exclusivity of the I

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The pivotal insight that paved Conrad-Martius's (1880-1966) (CM) way in elucidating the ontological exclusivity of the I, denoted as 'I-adhering being' ('Ichhaftes Sein'), is that despite its peculiarity and incomparability to any other mode of being, only the ontological foundations of the real being in general might enable a faithful comprehension of the I. The phenomenological interpretation suggested in this article presents CM's ontological understanding of the I vis-à-vis her philosophy of Being, in particular in regard to three of its general characteristics -- existence, intelligibility, and self-adherence ('Sichheit/Selbsthaftigkeit') -- which provide the critical approach to the ontological study of the I. Finally, the understanding of the ontological exclusivity of the I-adhering being is achieved by means of an explication of the joining together of its typical affinities and discrepancies in regard to Being in general.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-116
Number of pages20
JournalPhänomenologische Forschungen
StatePublished - 2017


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