Normativity & Typification
Die Möglichkeit und die Motivation als zwei wesentliche phänomenologische Figuren – im Kontext der Problematik des Lachens
Abstract Possibility and Motivation as Two Fundamental Phenomenological Figures—within the Context of the Problem of the Laughter
Both concepts—of possibility and of motivation—belong to the key concepts of Husserl’s phenomenology. By analysis of his texts about passive syntheses we will follow the relationship between them and their configuration, which gets a specific form in the case, when we leave simple examples of intentions and fulfilments, which proceed from the intensity of grasping or disappointment of awaiting. The example of laughter will be for us the field where we will observe the qualitative (not only quantitative) layering of experiences, its specific configurations (concrescence), when the affective relief, mood, emotional experiencing, instincts or overall significance (Bedeutsamkeit) for subject come into play. This casts new light on what we expect, on the ‘tendency’ which leads our intention to fulfilment, to the ‘covering’ (Deckung) of our expectation, even to the saturation of it (Sättigung). Our analysis of laughter will also be explored according to Kurt Goldstein’s and Helmuth Plessner’s investigations of the problematic of laughing and smiling.
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