What Maisie Knew in What Maisie Knew

  • Victor Gerald Rivas LópezEmail author
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 109)


This paper sets forth what I consider the two only phenomenological visions of life: the material one and the formal one. Briefly, the former focuses life from the discontinuous flow of time, whereas the latter focuses it from the transcendental unity of a consciousness that orders experience not in accordance with the temporal development thereof (that always hinges upon the arbitrariness of chance) but with its absolute freedom regarding it; in other words, the formal vision concentrates in how everyone kens what he has lived, which allows to vindicate a vital fullness even when the material structuring of the own experience seems to implicate a total failure, which is as far as I see the question the only possibility of vindicating a truly personal existence, which is what, according to our exegesis, James shows in the work that we have mentioned in the title of these lines. Thereby, we shall divide the content of them in three sections: in the first one, we shall explain in great detail the conceptual difference of the two visions of life; in the second one, we shall show the stints of the material vision through some characters of James’s novel; in the third one, we shall unfold the formal vision through the consciousness of the protagonist of the work, whose literary originality will lie in her being a badge of the modern self-rule.


Moral Sense Material Vision Phenomenological Reduction Material Approach Material Determination 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Meritorious University of PueblaPueblaMexico

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