Volitional causality vs natural causality: reflections on their compatibility in Husserl’s phenomenology of action

Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 21 (3):669-687 (2022)
  Copy   BIBTEX


In the present article, I introduce Husserl’s analyses of ‘natural causality’ and ‘volitional causality’, which are collected in the volume ‘Wille und Handlung’ of the Husserliana edition Studien zur Struktur des Bewußtseins. My aim is to show that Husserl’s insight into these phenomena enables us to understand more clearly both the specificity of, and the relation between, the motivational nexus belonging to the sphere of the will in contrast with the causal laws of nature. In light of this understanding, in the last part of the article I reflect on whether and to what extent there is, in fact, an ontological and epistemological compatibility between volitional causality and natural causality.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 74,429

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Causality and Determinism: Tension, or Outright Conflict?Carl Hoefer - 2004 - Revista de Filosofía (Madrid) 29 (2):99-115.
Husserls Phänomenologie Des Willens.U. Melle - 1992 - Tijdschrift Voor Filosofie 54 (2):280 - 305.
The Body as a 'Legitimate Naturalization of Consciousness'.Rudolf Bernet - 2013 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 72:43-65.
Dispositive Causality and the Art of Medicine.Chad Engelland - 2017 - Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 91:159-170.
Foundations for a Realist Theory of Causality.William Richmond Minto - 1997 - Dissertation, The University of Western Ontario (Canada)
Nietzsche on Causation.Joshua Rayman - 2014 - Journal of Speculative Philosophy 28 (3):327-334.
Anscombe and the Metaphysics of Human Action.John Zeis - 2016 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 90 (2):249-262.
Causality.Y. H. Krikorian - 1934 - Philosophy 9 (35):319 - 327.


Added to PP

29 (#399,359)

6 months
9 (#87,208)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?