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The Wild Region in Life-History

Laszlo Tengelyi

Publication Year: 2011

A tour de force by one of Hungary's most interesting contemporary philosophers The Wild Region in Life-History outlines a phenomenological approach to some of the main topics of theoretical philosophy, such as meaning, sense, temporality, unity of life, narrative history, self-identity, and intersubjectivity, as well as an ethics of alterity. In his investigations, László Tengelyi's point of departure is a critical examination of what is commonly referred to as "the narrative view of the self," which tends to equate life-history and personal identity. Challenging this view as too one-dimensional and reflective, Tengelyi reveals a hidden area of sense-formation in life-history--an area in which force and meaning do not merely blend but in many ways undermine each other. It is this hidden area that The Wild Region in Life-History describes.

Published by: Northwestern University Press

Title Page, Copyright

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Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Preface

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pp. ix-xii

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...

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Prelude: Self-Identity and Life-History

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pp. xiii-2

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...

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1: Experiential Sense in Life-History

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pp. 3-52

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 sense bestowal, spontaneous sense formation, and retroactive sense fixation. An unusually broad meaning has been attributed to the word sense in all of these expressions...

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2: The Temporality of Experience in Life-History

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pp. 53-91

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...

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3: Self-Identity and the Experience of Alterity

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pp. 92-122

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...

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4: Elements for an Ethic of Alterity

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pp. 123-182

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...

Notes

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pp. 183-206

Bibliography

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pp. 207-214

Index of Names

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pp. 215-216

Index of Subject Matter

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pp. 217-222

About the Author, Consulting Editors, Back Cover

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E-ISBN-13: 9780810121928
Print-ISBN-13: 9780810116610

Page Count: 248
Publication Year: 2011

Edition: 1
Series Title: Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy
Series Editor Byline: Anthony Steinbock