New Generative Aspects in Contemporary Phenomenology
Edited By Jana Trajtelová
The Phenomenologist’s Task: Generativity, History, Lifeworld Interview with Anthony J. Steinbock (Iulian Apostolescu)
Iulian Apostolescu The Phenomenologist’s Task: Generativity, History, Lifeworld Interview with Anthony J. Steinbock Aber der Phänomenologe und die Phänomenologie stehen selbst in dieser Geschichtli- chkeit (Hua XV, 393). Ich kann nun auch sagen: Ich soll so leben, als ob ich unsterblich wäre und als ob Ich wirklich in Undendliche arbeiten könnte (Hua VIII, 352). 1. Could you be so kind and retrace your philosophical pathway by identifying some of the major influences on your thought? In terms of my philosophical background, I came to philosophy from two direc- tions, namely, from academic and aesthetic inspirations. On the one hand, I was pointed in this direction through my studies and interests in both theology and geology. On the other, I was led to it, and to phenomenological philosophy in particular, through my training as a dancer, first in the classical Western tradi- tion, and then in the more experimental vein of Nikolais Dance Theatre. More specifically, it was during training sessions with Nikolais and experiments con- cerning the constitution of space and time through movement, that I simultane- ously encountered similar ideas in Edmund Husserl, Max Scheler, and especially, Maurice Merleau-Ponty. The meeting point was the reflective attentiveness to the spontaneous emergence of sense and meaning, and our participation in and responsibiity for that dynamic process. Although I saw this taking place in dance and in literature, I found this expressed in very incisive and exciting ways a in a phenomenological style of thinking. 2. What do...
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