Human Studies

, Volume 41, Issue 4, pp 661–676 | Cite as

Time and Matter: Historicity, Facticity and the Question of Phenomenological Realism

  • Ádám Takács
Theoretical/Philosophical Paper


This paper deals with the question of historical facticity in the phenomenological tradition. I argue that taking historicity into consideration in its factical constitution means transgressing the realm of the primordial or existential temporality. Following Ricoeur’s discussion of the idea of the “referential status of the past,” the question of the material foundation of historical meaning-formation, i.e., relation between temporality and materiality will be brought into the forefront of phenomenological investigations. It is with this context in mind that I argue that exploring the conditions of historicity with regard to its factical and material determinations should assume a realist position in phenomenology.


Phenomenology Historicity Facticity Materiality Realism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Eötvös Loránd UniversityBudapestHungary

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