In Husserl's Cartesian Mediatations <52>

The term pre-predicative is introduced in this way:

Yet there is one more thing that should be brought out, to <52> supplement what we have said. We must distinguish the judgment in the broadest sense (something meant as being) and evidence in the broadest sense from pre-predicative judgment and from pre-predicative evidence respectively. Predicative includes pre-predicative evidence.

What does "pre-predicative" mean as in "pre-predicative judgment" and "pre-predicative evidence"?


From the concluding sentence of your same reference:

Consequently evidence of the ex-pression is also a determining part of the idea of scientific truth, as predicative complexes that are, or can be, grounded absolutely.

So Husserl seems to emphasize we need these pre-predicative judgements and evidences as a determining part to ground whole idea of scientific propositional truths. For example, in physics we have evidence to judge F=ma to be true under classical mechanics context, but we should not forget first of all we have some pre-predicative judgement and evidence regarding what's really force F, mass m and acceleration a. Otherwise we cannot ground Newton's second law absolutely.

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