The Wild Region in Life-History
Publication Year: 2004
Published by: Northwestern University Press
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The investigations resumed in this book outline a phenomenological approach to some main topics of theoretical philosophy, like meaning, sense, temporality, unity of life, narrative history, self-identity, and intersubjectivity, as well as to an ethics of alterity. Their point of departure is a critical examination of what is commonly referred to as “the...
Prelude: Self-Identity and Life-History
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The time we live in is interwoven with stories. Our place in the world, before we reach self-awareness—or, I dare claim, even before we are born—is assigned by family stories. The stories we thus inherit are, in turn, supplemented by the ever-changing story of our own, which will not come to rest even at the moment of our death. What effects us...
1: Experiential Sense in Life-History
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In the previous discussion of the relationship between one’s own history
and one’s self-identity, a crucial role has been assigned to the concept
of sense. I have made abundant use of terms like
2: The Temporality of Experience in Life-History
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Time has the almost magic power to modify without altering: it confers to every lived experience the character of the past without touching upon its content. Temporal modification seems, therefore, to be an entirely unique kind of change: a transformation which does not presuppose any sublation or negation and does not engender any real...
3: Self-Identity and the Experience of Alterity
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Aburden of longeval tradition lies on the notions of the same and the other. Since Plato’s doctrine of the “great kinds,” it has been repeatedly attempted to penetrate the obscure region to which these notions belong. Advances on new paths have recently been made toward this region in contemporary French philosophy.1 Some of these...
4: Elements for an Ethic of Alterity
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The aim of the investigations reserved for the last chapter of this book is to adumbrate a phenomenological approach to ethics, for which I take the Levinasian idea of an “alternating movement” between unlimited responsibility and moral ordering as a point of departure...
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Index of Names
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Index of Subject Matter
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About the Author, Consulting Editors, Back Cover
Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2004
Series Title: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy