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The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2014

Normativity & Typification

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Edited By Anton Vydra

The second issue of The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology focuses on the intertwined topics of normativity and of typification. The area of their application and specification is relatively broad: from biological questions through various lived experiences and political life to aesthetical judgments. The contributors see normative aspects of human existence as a possibility to act according to inherent or personal values rather than according to some fixed and external rules or even laws.
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Husserl on Normativity, Love, and Hope

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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

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