De Patria Mea: The Passion for Place as the Thread Leading Out of the Labyrinth of Life

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 44)


How intriguing it sounds, when we think of it: “inhabiting” the earth, “dwelling” upon the earth — as if the living being, the human being too, and earth were two separate spheres, the one of individual life, the other of an indifferent “entity,” a planet. It is as if the living being could also inhabit or dwell elsewhere, on some other planet, in an unknown neutral sphere. We ask ourselves, indeed, whether there are other planets favorable to the existence of life, and other intelligent beings there. Does this mean that the human being needs to “occupy space” for his/her existence? Does the human being need to “have a place” in which to establish him/herself? Would then “space” and “place” be a middle term between the earth and the living being? Or, rather, would “spacing” and “placing” as such constitute one of the primogenital modalities of life?


Human Condition Elemental Passion Human Significance Philosophical Anthropology Sacral Space 
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  1. Cf. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Logos and Life: Book 1, Phenomenology of Creative Experience and the Triple Critique of Reason; Book 2, The Three Movements of the Soul; Book 3, The Passions of the Soul and the Elements in the Ontopoiesis of Culture (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, Bk. 1 1988, Bk. 2 1988, Bk. 3 1990 ).Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
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  1. 1.The World Phenomenology InstituteUSA

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