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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, History, and Transcendental Subjectivity in Husserl's Crisis

Science, History, and Transcendental Subjectivity in Husserl's Crisis

(p.100) § 6 Science, History, and Transcendental Subjectivity in Husserl's Crisis
Science and the Life-World

Michael Friedman

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the long-standing connection between Galilean mathematical science and the phenomenological philosophy that begins with Husserl's 1910 “Philosophy as Rigorous Science” and extends to the Crisis. In that early text, Husserl took Galileo's work as a model for phenomenology. But this analogy between the two disciplines later became a problem, for by then the scientific ideal embodied in the Galilean style has caused a crisis at the heart of the sciences. The crisis results from mistaking the ideal ontology of mathematical physics, which depends ultimately on life-world experiences, for the totality of objective reality. This chapter then looks at Husserl's notion of the life-world, considering in particular the distinction between objective sciences following the Galilean style and the science of the life-world.

Keywords:   life-world, Galilean mathematical science, phenomenological philosophy, mathematical physics

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