Normativity & Typification
Edited By Anton Vydra
Husserl on Normativity, Love, and Hope
Abstract This analysis argues that human subjectivity as described by Husserl is structured in such a way that it prepares the ground for the experience of hope. The former can be addressed through a discussion of how the subjective components of normativity, typification, optimality, and love cohere with the possibility of hope. I will also raise the issue of how empathy and intersubjectivity form part of this first experience. Following a discussion of what it is that might motivate hope, and how hope unfolds, I will consider some of hope’s limits.
Keywords: Depression, Empathy, Hope, Intersubjectivity, Love, Normativity, Optimality, Subjectivity, Typification
One of the most powerful aspects of phenomenology lies in its liberating capacity. It is possible to assess this liberating possibility through an analysis of Edmund Husserl’s concepts of normativity, typification, optimality, and love, and how the former are systematically and structurally related to the possibility of hope. For Husserl, experience is a fluid and malleable phenomena that does not unfold in a deterministic or mechanistic manner. What is considered normal, typical, and optimal within experience is by no means locked in nor fixed.1 Relatedly, we are drawn as a community to what is ethically best (via love), and hope plays an important role in this pursuit. None of this denies, importantly, that the pull towards the better can become buried, or that hope does not have its limits. I will address the previous themes in the following order....
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