New Generative Aspects in Contemporary Phenomenology
Edited By Jana Trajtelová
Jana Trajtelová - Introduction
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After the normativity and typification issue, the third volume of The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology is mainly dedicated to the closely related 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 the search for the meaning of authentic sociality, morality or religiosity of human persons.
The notion of generativity (Generativität) in Husserl concerns both “the process of becoming – hence the process of ‘generation’ – and a process that occurs over the ‘generations’ – hence specifically the process of ‘historical’ and social becoming that is circumscribed geologically” (Steinbock, 1995, p. 3); as such, it deals with generative phenomena that are “normative, intersubjective, geological and historical”. The key contribution concerning Husserlian research on generativity was brought out by a contemporary American philosopher, Anthony Joseph Steinbock. That is also why we open the volume with the interview by Iulian Apostolescu: “The Phenomenologist’s Task: Generativity, History, Lifeworld. Interview with Anthony J. Steinbock”. In his book Home and Beyond: Generative Phenomenology after Husserl (1995), Steinbock made the outspoken formulation of generative phenomenology, alongside...
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