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The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2015

New Generative Aspects in Contemporary Phenomenology


Edited By Jana Trajtelová

The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2015 is dedicated to the question of generativity, and more broadly to the generative aspects of and in contemporary phenomenology. We continue to proceed in Husserlian research as well as to address newly emerging contemporary cultural, political, and ecological phenomena. This invites and welcomes a creative involvement with a generative phenomenological approach, which tries to address such phenomena as the liminality and volatility of experience, interpersonal and intercultural communication, home and alienness, identity and difference, globalization and fundamentalism, migration and interculturalism, and searches for the meaning of authentic sociality, morality or religiosity of human persons.


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Interculturalism as an Articulation of Diversity A Generative Phenomenological Approach (Carmen López Sáenz)


Carmen López Sáenz Interculturalism as an Articulation of Diversity A Generative Phenomenological Approach Abstract We adopt the phenomenological attitude to our multicultural world by differenti- ating it from interculturalism. We defend its normative sense and its capacity to articulate different cultures beginning from the recognition of persons and intersubjectivity as well as their generation of meaning. This hermeneutic exercise will reactivate certain phenom- enological concepts that allow us to understand intersubjectivity, social reality and the encounters between cultures through dialogue, tradition and Bildung. We mainly emphasize the Merleau-Ponty’s interpretation of Lebenswelt (life-world) constituted through temporal consciousness. We will conclude by defending the restoration of an existential universality to make sense of multiculturalism as interculturalism. The latter emerges not by denial of its own culture and the support for any other culture, but it is consciously built as a process of identification within the bosom of multiple differences. Keywords: Phenomenology, Interculturalism, Multiculturalism, Diversity, Intersubjectiv- ity, Hermeneutics 1. Introduction Interculturalism is mainly a moral challenge. This article adopts the phenomeno- logical reflexive attitude to search for its meaning in our multicultural universe, which loses its indifference when it is understood and embodied into praxis, thanks to the intention to start intercultural relationships. Given that philosophy in general, and phenomenology in particular, is a theoretical and practical task, it is essentially intercultural. Philosophy is not a juxtaposition of different tradi- tions, but a reflection on the in-between, on the quality of the cultural exchanges in the life-world. We therefore believe, unlike...

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