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The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2016

Vocations, Social Identities, Spirituality: Phenomenological Perspectives


Edited By Jana Trajtelová

The fourth volume of the «Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology: Vocations, Social Identities, Spirituality: Phenomenological Perspectives» presents variety of contemporary authors who explore the problem of vocation and closely related phenomena of personal, social, cultural (and transcultural) identity. They, altogether, point to its indispensable significance for our deeper understanding of the philosophical category of a «person», and a personal community, with all of its moral and axiological weight. The elucidation of our personal and social identities also unavoidably accompanies an ongoing, mutually respectful dialogue with other distinctive cultural life-worlds.


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Phenomenology of Vocations (Anthony J. Steinbock)


Anthony J. Steinbock Phenomenology of Vocations Abstract: In this article, I outline and briefly describe various life-activities in relation to who we are, while considering diverse ways in which they are lived (e.g., temporally, modally, in relation to others, in relation to myself, etc.). Sketching a field of investigation, I offer a preliminary exposition and exploration of the problem area in terms of distinct experiences that in their own ways relate to the problem of vocational experience, either by contrast, similarity, or distinction. In a second section, I turn to the specific field of voca- tional experience. Specifically, I circumscribe the field of vocational experience by address- ing five key aspects of vocational experience): “appointment” and invitational force, the modality of the absolute ought, reception and response, “anointment,” and the problem of evidence with respect to the implications of negative and positive experiences of vocation. Keywords: Phenomenology, Vocation, Job, Modality, Absolute Ought Introduction We have long been concerned both experientially and philosophically with a set of issues that can be loosely grouped under the rubric of “personal identity.” Experiential questions like “Who am I?” “What is my place in the world?” and related questions like, “Who am I to become?” “What is my purpose,” “Does my life have meaning?,” and philosophical questions concerning the constitution of subjectivity, the narrative self, individual and social identity, etc., all point to the centrality of this issue. In my view, however, the question of personal identity is rooted in the deeper problem of vocational...

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