World and The Life-world

Nirankush Chakraborty


The Husserlian concept of the Life-world as developed in The Crisis is based on his concept of the world. Remarkably, the concept of world already appears at the beginning of Husserl’s phenomenological career. Husserl’s interest in the problem of what he calls ‘world’ developed in two ways. In concentrating on the problem given is a psychological foundation of logic. He defines ‘world’ as the most general presupposition of the sciences. Later, especially in the Ideas the problem of the world reached intensity. In the Crisis we saw a noticeable modification in Husserl’s views of the world and record the emergence of the idea of the Life-world. In The Crisis Husserl understand the Life-world in the light of the cultural crisis which is a crisis of the natural sciences and in way of suggesting means of getting out of it.


Life-world, Presupposition, Transcendental, Crisis, Typology, Overlapping

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]Eng. Tr. By J.N. Findlay, London: Routledge and Kegan Paul (1973) Compare G. Santayana’s concept of ‘animal faith’.

Eng. Tr. With an introduction by David Carr, Northwestern University Press, Evanston, (1970)

World and Life-World, B.M. Mezei, Peter Sang, Frank Furt on Main, 1995, P. 15 o

Ideas I, Eng. Tr. By W.R.B. Gibson, London: George Allen and Unwin Ltd. (1931), p.69.

Ibid, P. 130.

The Crisis, P. 106

Ibid, P. 107

London, Routledge and Kegan Paul, (196), Preface P. XIV.

Phenomenology of Perception, London, Rputledge and Kegan Paul, (1962), Preface, P. XI.

World and Life-World, op. cit. P. 91-92

“What is New in Husserl’s Crisis” in : Analecta Husserliana, vol II, 1972, P. 31.

World and Life-World, B.M. Mezei; Peter Lang, Frankfurt on Main, 1995, P. 91. 229. P.176.


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