Husserl Studies

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 287–294 | Cite as

Ľubica Učník: The Crisis of Meaning and the Lifeworld: Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, Patocka

Ohio University Press, 268 pp, ISBN 978-0-8214-2248-9
  • Kenneth KniesEmail author

This book describes a “crisis of meaning” that would motivate a phenomenological project capable of integrating insights from Husserl, Heidegger, Arendt, and Patočka. Učník’s account of the crisis focuses on the formalization of natural science. The success of such science, claims Učník, has radically transformed modern humanity’s understanding of subjectivity and the world. The life-world we directly experience and talk about is divorced from the “true” reality modeled by the sciences. The latter thus function as incomprehensible instruments that facilitate a culture of consumption and mastery, while the broken tradition of Western metaphysics fails to provide convincing orientation on matters of ultimate human concern. Učník presents phenomenology, broadly construed as reflection on presuppositions, as a way of understanding the genesis of this modern predicament as well as recovering the dimensions of meaning it occludes. The book is useful as a survey of resources in the...

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  1. 1.FairfieldUSA

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