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Towards the Phenomenology of Culture: Tymieniecka versus Husserl

(Original title: K fenomenológii kultúry: Tymieniecka verzus Husserl)
Filozofia, 2017, vol. 72, No 4, pp. 283-293.
Language: Slovak
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The work of A.-T. Tymieniecka (1923 – 2014), an American philosopher coming from Polish lineage, has become a subject of still growing interest after her death. The focus of the article is on several key concepts of her Logos and Life (1988 – 2000; 4 vls.), concerning creativity and production. On one side, Tymieniecka exploits Husserl’s fiat of consciousness (rejecting at the same time his rationalism); on the other side, she draws upon Aristotle’s poetics, which she wants to reconstruct. Her world is constituted as a “tree of life” with imaginatio creatrix on its top. The latter makes the memory, will and intellect to work through association and dissociation acts. The desired result is a new, ontopoietic life with all aspect of life in work, embodied in art and its genres. During his/her life the person is continually interpreting himself/herself. The highest point of the ontopoiesis of life is the ontopoiesis of culture – an objective Husserl also aimed at in his phenomenology.


A.-T. Tymieniecka, Contemporary philosophy, Creativity, Culture, E. Husserl, Phenomenology

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