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Earth and Sky, History and Philosophy

Island Images Inspired by Husserl and Merleau-Ponty

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Galen A. Johnson

This book is a philosophical inquiry into historical meaning and narrative understanding. Interpreting selected writings of Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, and stories of Kafka, Rilke, Sartre, and Camus, the author defends the narrative coherence of life and the irreducibility of narrative understanding and truth. The island imagery uncovered in these authors provides the parameters for a contemporary philosophy of history properly mingling earth and sky as natality and mortality, remembering and forgetting, wandering and homecoming, waking and dreaming, wealth and poverty. Johnson has pushed the life-world theme of Husserl's phenomenology out toward the wild-flowering world where it seems to have been headed.
Contents: Interpreting Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, and stories of Kafka, Rilke, Sartre, and Camus, this book is a philosophy of historical meaning and narrative understanding. Written for humanities scholars and students, it reflects upon embodiment, remembering, forgetting, science, and progress.