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Piece


Charles A. Krecz


Pages 428 - 432



The term ‘piece’ becomes prominent first in Husserl’s Logical Investigations, where Husserl defines ‘piece’ to be an ‘independent part’, a part that can exist independently of the whole of which it is part. Independent parts are such that they can be removed while retaining their ‘essential internal content’, in contrast to abstract ‘nonindependent’ parts or ‘moments’ which cannot. Husserl qualifies this distinction by saying that a “part as such cannot exist without a whole whose part it is” (Husserl, 1970: 456). An independent part, i.e., a piece, however, even if actually separated from its whole, remains what it was as part: it retains its essential internal content.




1Department of Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin



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