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The Elusiveness of the OrdinaryStudies in the Possibility of Philosophy$
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Stanley Rosen

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300091977

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300091977.001.0001

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Husserl's Conception of the Life-World

Husserl's Conception of the Life-World

(p.54) Chapter 2 Husserl's Conception of the Life-World
The Elusiveness of the Ordinary

Stanley Rosen

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Husserl's analysis of the life-world as one of the most thorough attempts in the past hundred years to ground philosophy in everyday or pretheoretical life. It is, at the same time, the most prominent example of the consequences of applying the Enlightenment model of scientific rationalism to the explanatory description of human affairs. Husserl's doctrine of the life-world is marked by three main assumptions. The first is that the sense or meaning (Sinn) and the validity (Geltung) of science is rooted in the everyday structures of pretheoretical experience. Second, philosophy in the traditional sense must itself be replaced by a science that is appropriate to the task of uncovering these roots. Third, although Husserl speaks of senses, he is not engaged in a semantics of the traditional sort, whether ontological or linguistic.

Keywords:   life-world, pretheoretical life, Enlightenment model, scientific rationalism, human affairs, Sinn, Geltung

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