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Edmund Husserl and Eugen FinkBeginnings and Ends in Phenomenology, 1928-1938$
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Ronald Bruzina

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092097

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092097.001.0001

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Fundamental Thematics I: The World

Fundamental Thematics I: The World

(p.174) 4 Fundamental Thematics I: The World
Edmund Husserl and Eugen Fink

Ronald Bruzina

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses how the theme of the “world” had become central to phenomenology. Transcendental phenomenology began in the recognition that the world had to be taken explicitly precisely as an overwhelmingly comprehensive structure that remained yet to be thematized properly in philosophy. The most famous methodological “devices” in Husserl's phenomenology, the epoche and phenomenological reduction, are precisely moves by which the questioning of the world is to begin authentically, against the unwitting and unquestioned acceptance of it as simply there. No longer can the world be assumed as fully obvious in the way one ought to understand it, namely, as the sum total of things and events among which the human inquirer, with his or her inquiry, is just simply one instance of those same things and events.

Keywords:   world, transcendental phenomenology, comprehensive structure, epoche, phenomenological reduction, human inquirer

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