Quicquid Cogitat’: On the Uses and Disadvantages of Subjectivity

  • Ludger HagedornEmail author
Part of the Contributions To Phenomenology book series (CTPH, volume 76)


‘Life’ is the magic word for decisive currents of modern philosophy. Much of the tone for this debate over the last one and a half centuries has been set by Nietzsche . His early meditation on the ‘Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life’ might be seen as one of its rhetorical starting points. From the very onset until its most recent developments, the reference to the lived experience was also a core issue and main concern of phenomenology. Husserl ’s notion of the ‘life-world ’ (or the Natural World in Patočka ’s words) bears witness to this basic inspiration of phenomenology. The interpretation of the life-world , however, did find its primary setting within the confines of subjectivity . Despite being confident of its validity, Patočka ’s Natural World turns into a document for the dissolution of this subjectivist approach. Subjectivity itself becomes the ultimate explicandum.


Subjectivity Life-world Natural world Phenomenology Patočka Nietzsche Descartes 


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  1. 1.Institute for Human SciencesViennaAustria

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