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The Phenomenological Critique of Formalism: Responsibility and the Life-World

Učník, L., Williams, A. and Chvatík, I. (2014) The Phenomenological Critique of Formalism: Responsibility and the Life-World. In: Učník, L., Williams, A. and Chvatík, I., (eds.) The Phenomenological Critique of Mathematisation and the Question of Responsibility. Springer International Publishing, pp. 1-14.

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Self-responsibility and self-critique have been themes in philosophy since Plato ’s Socrates endorsed the demand to ‘know thyself’ [γvωθι σαυτοv]. In the modern philosophical tradition, self-critical reason, a reason that gives the law to itself, has been at the very centre of the practice of both epistemology and ethics . In the twentieth century, the European phenomenological philosophers Edmund Husserl and Jan Patočka brought new clarity and a sense of urgency to the critical thinking surrounding the need for responsibility . Using Husserl ’s and Patočka ’s thinking as the starting point for a critical reflection, this volume proposes different approaches to reflect upon the increasing formalisation of all aspects of our lives, which is particularly relevant for the present age.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Arts
Publisher: Springer International Publishing
Copyright: 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
Other Information: Series Title: Contributions To Phenomenology. ISSN: 0923-9545; Vol. 76
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