Science and the Originality of Life

Edited by Scott M. Campbell

in The Early Heidegger's Philosophy of Life

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780823242191
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780823242238 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy (FUP)

Science and the Originality of Life

Show Summary Details


This chapter focuses on three of Heidegger's early lecture courses, Toward the Definition of Philosophy (G 56/57); The Basic Problems of Phenomenology (G 58); and Phenomenology of Intuition and Expression: Theory of Philosophical Concept Formation (G 59). The analysis shows that for Heidegger, philosophy must take account of lived experience, and it shows how Heidegger believes that factical life is the ground of science. The goal for phenomenology as a science should be to figure out how to grasp the historical and contextual movement of life and then develop concepts that might adequately express that movement. The human being lives within meaningful historical contexts, and it is philosophically valuable, if not necessary, to explicate these contexts. Laslty, this chapter looks at the self-world to show the way in which there is a kind of concentration or intensification of life-worlds layered within the self-world. Factical life has an origin through which and out of which it continually renews itself. As such, phenomenology is not a kind of science that devivifies life. It is, rather, original science that focuses on the meaningful contexts and relationships within life.

Keywords: Science; Facticity; Self-world; Phenomenology; Intensifying-concentration

Chapter.  10493 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Fordham University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.