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Science and the Life-WorldEssays on Husserl's Crisis of European Sciences$
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David Hyder and Hans-Jorg Rheinberger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780804756044

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804756044.001.0001

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Science, Intentionality, and Historical Background

Science, Intentionality, and Historical Background

(p.1) § 1 Science, Intentionality, and Historical Background
Science and the Life-World

David Woodruff Smith

Stanford University Press

This chapter explores ideas drawn from Husserl to consider how scientific theories are grounded in intentional activities occurring in concrete historical contexts, including both the natural world they represent and the human world in which they are developed. It looks at issues in a Husserlian philosophy of science, looking to its foundation in a Husserlian theory of intentionality and attendant ontology. Furthermore, it presents three themes. The first is the indexical structure of perception, which is the form of experience that serves as the evidential base of any empirical science. The second theme is the global indexicality of concepts of things in nature, concepts that by their very meaning represent things in the surrounding world. The third theme is the ontological dependence of theories, even in mathematical physics, on historical human intentional activities.

Keywords:   Husserl, philosophy of science, scientific theories, attendant ontology, theory of intentionality

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