This paper addresses, in the first place, the outcomes of the intentional analysis of the constitution of physical objects, the somatic body and the mind, as it was carried out by Edmund Husserl. On the basis of these outcomes, it will be possible to develop a phenomenological theory of affections that will allow, in the second place, some approaches to Freud’s Psychoanalysis and the Freudian theory of instincts. The specificity of the somatic body regarding any physical object – despite some similarities in their modes of giveness – is revealed, above all, in one’s experience of the somatic body and in one’s lived experience of affections. In particular, what Husserl calls the weakening or obscuring process of affections poses the question of the existence of a «phenomenological unconscious», whose relations with Freud’s unconscious, in a third and final moment of the paper, we will attempt to highlight.
- Living body
- Lived experience