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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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The Lebenswelt in Husserl

The Lebenswelt in Husserl

(p.27) § 2 The Lebenswelt in Husserl
Science and the Life-World

Dagfinn Føllesdal

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The idea of Husserl's that has become most widely known is that of the life-world or Lebenswelt. This chapter examines this concept and contends that people should resist the urge to see the life-world as something set up against science, for the scientific world is itself part of the life-world. Scientific statements get their meaning from being embedded in the life-world, and thus they are justified by the life-world. This chapter concludes by considering this key function of the concept, which appears to hold for Husserl even in the case of mathematics.

Keywords:   life-world, Husserl's philosophy, scientific world, mathematics

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