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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 Origin and Significance of Husserl's Notion of the Lebenswelt

The Origin and Significance of Husserl's Notion of the Lebenswelt

(p.46) § 3 The Origin and Significance of Husserl's Notion of the Lebenswelt
Science and the Life-World

Ulrich Majer

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the origin and significance of Husserl's notion of the Lebenswelt. It looks at the life-world from the point of view of contemporaneous philosophy of science, above all the philosophical writings of Weyl and David Hilbert, two prominent Gottingen mathematicians and physicists indirectly connected with Husserl. It argues that Husserl's concept is an important discovery both philosophically as well as from a scientific point of view. It identifies the key philosophical problem as akin to what Husserl's contemporary Weyl had described as a “ridiculous circle.” Meanwhile, David Hilbert maintained that all problems that can be clearly stated can be solved.

Keywords:   Weyl, David Hilbert, life-world, philosophy of science

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