Husserl Studies

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 161–166 | Cite as

Andrea Staiti, Geistigkeit, Leben und geschichtliche Welt in der Transzendentalphänomenologie Husserls

Ergon Verlag, Würzburg, 2010, 243 pp, ISBN 978-3-89913-737-8
  • Nicholas de WarrenEmail author

The problem of life emerged as one of the central fixtures of phenomenological thinking, especially in its French manifestations, in the twentieth century. Yet, although concepts such as “lifeworld,” “living present,” and “life” recur throughout Husserl’s writings, his original brand of phenomenological philosophy has rarely been understood as a philosophy of life. On the contrary, Husserl’s transcendental phenomenology has often been seen as either inadequate to the problem of life (due to Husserl’s perceived “intellectualist” prejudices) or as providing trenchant arguments against a philosophy of life, as current in his own day and as still prevalent, albeit differently, today (e.g., the radical immanence of life). True, Husserl’s conception of the lifeworld is central to his mature thinking and has proved influential for subsequent philosophy; and Jacques Derrida’s pointed critique of Husserl’s metaphysics of presence has underscored the constitutive function of the “living...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyWellesley CollegeWellesleyUSA

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