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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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Husserl, History, and Consciousness

Husserl, History, and Consciousness

(p.136) § 8 Husserl, History, and Consciousness
Science and the Life-World

Eva-maria Engelen

Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the search for “original” experience or meaning, exemplified in Greek scientific origins. It considers three philosophically important origins of meaning in Husserl's text, and a fourth, personal one: consciousness, the life-world, European philosophy and science, and Husserl's personal origins as a Jewish and German thinker. It argues that the search for the origins of European rationality is rooted both in present consciousness and past history, suggesting that this historical/ahistorical duality is typical of all four of the origins of meaning that are considered here. It concludes by considering the ways in which the concept of consciousness itself has a historical dimension, in that it did not and perhaps could not have existed for Greek thought.

Keywords:   Greek scientific origins, life-world, Husserl's texts, European philosophy

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