, Volume 26, Issue 3, pp 205-224
Date: 30 Mar 2010

Edmund Husserl, Die Lebenswelt. Auslegungen der vorgegebenen Welt und ihrer Konstitution. Texte aus dem Nachlass (1916–1937). Rochus Sowa (ed) (Series Husserliana, vol. XXXIX)

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The volume has been organized in sections devoted to ten main themes. The editor has provided a very helpful and instructive introduction that outlines the development of the concept of life-world and explains the criteria adopted to group the texts in these sections. This order will be followed in the present review although some topics cannot be dealt with separately and arise again in different contexts. Therefore some key points that concern all sections should first be highlighted.

The unfolding of horizons goes hand in hand with the disclosure of a world that is subject to an unceasingly flowing change and nevertheless persists as a unique world in a non-thematic manner throughout the experience of objects: “To explicate systematically the horizon-structure is to explicate the intentionality in which the world is constituted” (p. 129).

All translations from Hua XXXIX are my own.

If the references pertaining to outer horizons are followed, and progress is made toward further and fur ...