How is a phenomenology of historical worlds possible?

Staehler, Tanja (2019) How is a phenomenology of historical worlds possible? In: Ferrarin, Alfredo, Moran, Dermot, Magri, Elisa and Manca, Danilo (eds.) Hegel and phenomenology. Contributions to Phenomenology, 102 . Springer, Cham, Switzerland, pp. 29-43. ISBN 978-3030175450

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A phenomenology of the historical world, if successful, could provide us with a descriptive account of our historical world that does not pre-decide how world should be organized on the political, economic, or cultural level. Yet in order for such a phenomenology to be successful, a plausible perspective on history is needed that is not limited to a mere succession of contingencies, but allows exploring connections. Teleology is what emerges from describing these connections, and according to both Hegel and Husserl, it is justified because history is (at least partly) shaped by human beings who act on reasons – but who can also be mistaken or manipulated. The thesis of the current article is that Hegel’s phenomenology radicalizes Hegel’s in such a way that a plausible account of history as teleology emerges, yet in such a way that history does not need to have one set goal from the beginning. Moreover, Husserl’s phenomenology allows for a plurality of historical worlds; it does not need to settle on an account of progress, and it allows exploring crises. Finally, on the issue of critique, a Husserlian response would be that understanding crisis in its origins and different historical manifestations is a necessary first step towards addressing it.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Hegel; Husserl; Phenomenology
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > Philosophy
Depositing User: Tanja Staehler
Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2019 09:12
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2019 09:12
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