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The past decade has witnessed a notable turn in philosophical orientation in the Nordic countries. For the first time, the North has a generation of philosophers who are oriented to phenomenology. This means a vital rediscovery of the phenomenological tradition as a partly hidden conceptual and methodological resource for taking on contemporary philosophical problems. The essays collected in the present volume introduce the reader to the phenomenological work done in the Nordic countries today. The material is organized under three general headings: metaphysics, facticity, and interpretation. The first part, "Metaphysics", asks if phenomenology is, or could be taken as, a metaphysical inquiry. It studies this possibility in a systematic as well as in a historical perspective. The second part, "Facticity", focuses on the double character of the philosophizing subject, on the one hand, as a worldly being bound by a cultural and historical situation, and on the other hand, as the one who thinks this condition and gives it an interpretation. It studies four aspects of facticity in particular: language, dwelling, alterity, and generation. The third part, "Interpretation", clarifies the different notions of interpretation central to phenomenology, understood as hermeneutics.
Content Level »Research
Keywords »Edmund Husserl - Emmanuel Lévinas - Martin Heidegger - Maurice Merleau-Ponty - body - concept - hermeneutics - language - phenomenology
Acknowledgements. Phenomenology in the Nordic Countries: An Introduction; S. Heinämaa, H. Ruin, D. Zahavi.
I: Metaphysics. Phenomenology and Metaphysics; D. Zahavi. The Living Body and its Position in Metaphysics: Merleau-Ponty's Dialogue with Descartes; S. Heinämaa. Perceptual Intimacy and Conceptual Inadequacy: A Husserlian Critique of McDowell's Internalism; F. Kjosavik.
II: Facticity. Three Ways of Retrieving Heidegger: The Case of Architecture; S.-O. Wallenstein. Mood and Method in Heidegger's 'Sein und Zeit'; A. Granberg. On Levinas' Critique of Husserl; S. Overgaard. The Birth of Man; J. Oksala.
III: Interpretation. Truth and the Hermeneutic Experience: A Phenomenological Approach to the Theory of Interpretation; H. Ruin. The Poetics of Language: Readings of Heidegger's 'On the Way to Language'; M. Sá Cavalcante Schuback. Hegel's Challenge to Early Heidegger; T. Schwarz Wentzer.