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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

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

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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804756044.003.0008

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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