Teleology Beyond Metaphysics: Husserlian Phenomenology and the Historical Consciousness of Modernity

Journal of Speculative Philosophy 28 (3):273-283 (2014)
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Throughout its history, the relationship of phenomenology to historical reflection has appeared ambiguous. On the one hand, phenomenology—with the help of its founding figures—gave a promise to return from the world-historical speculations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to the phenomenon of lived historicity, that is, to the question of how historical time is experienced within the life of the individual. On the other hand, phenomenology could not resist the temptation to critically reconsider some of the fundamental historical narratives that define our modern self-understanding—narratives that concerned the revolutionary effect of the natural sciences , the birth of the subject ..

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Timo Miettinen
University of Helsinki


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