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Patockian reflections on the Life-World and the space of manifestation

Učník, L. (2012) Patockian reflections on the Life-World and the space of manifestation. In: Judgement, Responsibility and the Life-World: Perth Workshop 2011, 28 - 29 November 2011, Murdoch University, Murdoch, W.A

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In this paper I reflect on the meaning constitution in phenomenology and Jan Patočka’s attempt to reconcile two different phenomenologies by proposing that neither Husserl nor Heidegger succeeded in harvesting the biggest discovery that phenomenology offers: the investigation of appearance as such. As Patočka notes, Husserl begins his investigations of meaning by showing the problematic nature of modern theories of knowledge and ends with a reflection on the life - world. For Husserl, the problem of epistemology is how to explain the connection between our thinking and the world. In the end, the space of meaning - constitution is in the immanence of the transcendental ego . Heidegger rejects the consciousness as the ground of meaning, but he also rejects the privileging of objects based on the model of mathematical modern science. In a reaction against Cartesian presuppositions of Husserl’s investigations, he posits the world as the ground from where the ontological inquiry must begin. The world is the space where we let beings be as they are and what they are. This relatedness between Dasein and beings is the meaning - constituting horizon. In opposition to both, Patočka claims that they forget the most important discovery of Husserl’s phenomenology, the appearance – manifestation – as such and concentrate on something already manifested

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