Phenomenologist at Work

Elizabeth A. Behnke


This paper reflects on certain working assumptions of Husserlian phenomenological practice (notably, critique of presuppositions, retrieval from anonymity, and the radical reduction to the living present), using an investigation of interkinaesthetic affectivity as an example. I suggest that in some cases, Husserl’s “stratificational” model (where “higher” levels are founded on “lower” ones, or “later” achievements rest on “earlier” ones) should be replaced with the notion of the ongoing dynamic efficacy of mutually co-founding, interpenetrating, and interfunctioning moments-“through”-which experience proceeds. Finally, I relate the latter model to Patočka’s call for a genuine (re)integration of the three movements of embodied human life.

Article in: English

Article published: 2010-03-15

Keyword(s): Husserl; phenomenology; method; methodology; affection; Patočka

DOI: 10.3846/coactivity.2010.01

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