The Freudian Unconscious - A Limit-Experience for Phenomenogy. In the Wake of Paul Ricœur

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L`inconscient freudien – expérience limite pour la phénoménogie. Venant de Paul Ricœur


In this paper, the author draws the reader’s attention to the idea of the unconscious and its relations with Husserlian phenomenology. As is well known, the idea of the unconscious is mainly connected with Freud’s discoveries in the field of psychoanalysis. More precisely, Freud understood the unconscious to be the fundamental element of the psychoanalytical experience. Following the analyses of Paul Ricœur, the author relates this fundamental concept to the main elements of phenomenology. Initiated by Husserl, phenomenology operates in its various forms mostly in the field of consciousness. As a result, the unconscious appears to be a limit experience within Husserlian phenomenology. 

Article history

Received 06 March 2019. Revised 18 September 2019. Accepted 05 January 2020. Published online 07 January 2020




French (fr)


Marek DrwięgaJagiellonian University in Krakow


Orbis Idearum Volume 7, Issue 2 (2019), pp. 135-146
Regular Issue