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Hye Young Kim (Self and Infinity)

We as Self: Ouri, Intersubjectivity, and Presubjectivity

by Hye Young Kim (Archives Husserl, École normale supérieure)

“We as Self” argues for a notion of we-ness based not on a self-centered or a self-less point of view, in which the “we” is only either a collection of individuals or an anonymous whole, but on “relation.” This relation is pre-subjective, meaning that the conscious, reflective, subjective self is not the conceptual basis of the relation. The irreducible metaphysical distinction between self and other is always there, but the awareness of it is not prior to this relation, which is an ontological pre-condition of self. The distinction and unity of self and other in this relation can be comprehended spatially by applying knot logic. Certain linguistic practices in Korean could show one representation of pre-subjective we-ness in language, but not in an ethnographical manner.