The Passions of the Earth

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 71)


In our times, owing to the great advances of science and technology and to the enormous increase of our individual knowledge and awareness of the world around us, of our human nature, old visions of the “whole” that we humans had entertained and within which we felt englobed like a butterfly in a chrysalis have collapsed. We feel estranged from previously familiar surroundings. We feel uprooted as if thrown into the thin air, incapable of finding our bearings and our compass. In the midst of this disarray, we need to look into the situation of the human condition, the ontopoietic situation within which we subsist, unfold, generate. We need specifically to look into its deepest and most significant level — a level at which we throw hooks toward the circumambient world, nature, universe, and beyond and with which we maintain ties that sustain us — namely, the sphere of the ontopoietic becoming and existence that I have called elsewhere the realm of the “elements.” It is on the side of nature-life that we throw out our hooks, which are received. And on the side of the inner ontopoietic processes through which the living being filters the vital forces and distills a specifically human significance of life that makes it fully human there are corresponding human “elemental passions of the soul.”


Elemental Passion Vital Force Mother Earth Creative Imagination Aesthetic Sense 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
    • 1
  1. 1.The World Phenomenology Institute, The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and LearningHanoverUSA

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