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Transcendentalism and original beginnings

Helena De Preester UGent and Gertrudis Van de Vijver UGent (2011) ANALECTA HUSSERLIANA. 108. p.307-322
abstract
In "Sublime historical experience" (2005), Frank Ankersmit argues that the past originates from an experience of rupture. Such an experience of rupture separates the present from the past, and, at the same time, means the beginning of an effort to overcome the separation. Moreover, the experience is precognitive since it precedes (the possibility of) historical knowledge. As such, it is a condition of possibility for history. Ankersmit resists post-modern thinking about history, considered as too relativizing from the perspective of current philosophy of history. In his view, the focus on text and context, but also the emphasis on categories in transcendental thinking, result in a neglect of experience. Experience should be given its due, also in philosophy of history. Starting from the above challenge, the "original beginnings", which Husserl posits as meaning-origins of a particular history in The Origin of Geometry (cf. appendix 6 to The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology, 1970) are questioned from a transcendental perspective. More in particular, it will be investigated if these meaning-origins are to be grasped as structural and nachtraglich, in a Derridean style, or if they are to be considered as founding moments of experience, probably in a more Merleau-Pontian style. At stake is here the transcendental status of the first acquisition. Is the point from which a historical demarcation is being made, and thus also the meaning-origin itself, a matter of interpretation after the facts or is it the witness of a supposedly genuine experience? The differences between these two options are both subtle and crucial for transcendental thinking today. In the conclusions, we point to the importance of thinking the possibility of history in structural terms, and to different possible appreciations of the spiritual products of culture and more specifically, of works of art.
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conference (proceedingsPaper)
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published
subject
in
ANALECTA HUSSERLIANA
editor
Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
volume
108
issue title
Transcendentalism Overturned : from absolute power of consciousness until the forces of cosmic architectonics
pages
307 - 322
publisher
Springer
place of publication
Dordrecht, The Netherlands
conference name
59th International Congress of Phenomenology, Transcendentalism Revisited
conference location
Antwerp, Belgium
conference start
2009-07-08
conference end
2009-07-10
Web of Science type
Proceedings Paper
Web of Science id
000298932500022
ISBN
9789400706231
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-0624-8_22
language
English
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yes
classification
P1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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1258446
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1258446
date created
2011-06-09 09:39:35
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2017-01-02 09:52:41
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  author       = {De Preester, Helena and Van de Vijver, Gertrudis},
  booktitle    = {ANALECTA HUSSERLIANA},
  editor       = {Tymieniecka, Anna-Teresa},
  isbn         = {9789400706231},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Antwerp, Belgium},
  pages        = {307--322},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  title        = {Transcendentalism and original beginnings},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-0624-8\_22},
  volume       = {108},
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Chicago
De Preester, Helena, and Gertrudis Van de Vijver. 2011. “Transcendentalism and Original Beginnings.” In Analecta Husserliana, ed. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, 108:307–322. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
APA
De Preester, H., & Van de Vijver, G. (2011). Transcendentalism and original beginnings. In A.-T. Tymieniecka (Ed.), ANALECTA HUSSERLIANA (Vol. 108, pp. 307–322). Presented at the 59th International Congress of Phenomenology, Transcendentalism Revisited, Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.
Vancouver
1.
De Preester H, Van de Vijver G. Transcendentalism and original beginnings. In: Tymieniecka A-T, editor. ANALECTA HUSSERLIANA. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer; 2011. p. 307–22.
MLA
De Preester, Helena, and Gertrudis Van de Vijver. “Transcendentalism and Original Beginnings.” Analecta Husserliana. Ed. Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka. Vol. 108. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer, 2011. 307–322. Print.