Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka was born in Marianowo, Poland on February 28, 1923. She studied at the University of Krakow, the Sorbonne, and the University of Fribourg, Switzerland, where she received a Ph.D. in philosophy. She was the founder and president the World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and Learning. She was the author of 14 books and the editor of Analecta Husserliana: The Yearbook of Phenomenological Research and Phenomenological Inquiry: A Review of Philosophical Ideas and Trends. She died on June 7, 2014 at the age of 91.
Grahame Lock, Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Daniela Verducci, Ted Toadvine, Mary Trachsel, Martin Holt, Mary Jeanne Larrabee, Leszek Pyra, Bronislaw Bombala, Konrad Rokstad, Ilja Maso, Nancy Mardas, Jennifer Anna Gosetti-Ferencei, Maria Villela-Petit, Mara Stafecka, Carmen Cozma, Francesco Totaro, Andreas Brenner, Sinan Kadir Celik, Osvaldo Rossi, Maria Manuela Brinto Martins, Elga Freiberga, Klymet Selvi, J.C. Couciero-Bueno, Patricia Trutty-Coohill, Walter Lammi, Ljudmila Molodkina, Martin Nkafu Nkemnkia.
The present collection of essays offers contributions to answer this challenge by focusing upon measure, sharing-in-life, intersubjectivity and communication, societal equilibrium, education, and more. It will be of great interest to those working in the fields of Phenomenology, Philosophy, History of Philosophy, and Contemporary Philosophy.
The hope was not disappointed. The studies here range from the predecessors of existentialism -- Kierkegaard (Kremer-Marietti), Nietzsche (Storm Torjussen), Wahl (Kremer-Marietti) -- to the work of its adherents -- Shestov (Gruca), Berdyaev (Stark), Unamuno (Tze-Wan Kwan), Blondel (Walkey, Mandolini), Blumenberg (Zowislo), and Heidegger and Mamardashvili (Stafecka). Existentialism’s congruence with Christian faith or with atheism is examined (Franke).
Among the Husserlian themes covered are Husserl’s apprehensions on essence and experience (Ortiz Hill), the place of questioning (Plotka), ethics and intentionality (Ferrarello); temporality and passivity (Shahid), and the lifeworld (Servan). Another study focuses on Husserlian progeny, namely, Dufrenne and Merleau-Ponty (Berman). Affinity between phenomenology and Tibetan Buddhism is also explored (Kurpiewski).
Studies focusing specifically on the interaction of phenomenology and existentialism are a comparison of Husserl and existentialists between the World Wars (Villela-Petit), on the intentional and the existential (Sivak), and on time consciousness in each line of thought (Rizzacasa).
In the inquisitive minds (Scheler, Heidegger, Sartre, Stein, Merleau-Ponty, et al.), a fruitful cross-pollination of insights, ideas, approaches, fused in one powerful wave disseminating throughout all domains of thought.
Existentialist rejection of ratiocination and speculation together with Husserl’s shift to the genesis of rapproches philosophy and literature (Wahl, Marcel, Berdyaev, Wojtyla, Tischner, etc.), while the foundational underpinnings of language (Wittgenstein, Derrida, etc.) opened the "hidden" behind the "veils" (Sezgin and Dominguez-Rey).
Seeking their deep motivations, causes and concatenations, we fabulate relatively stabilized networks of interconnecting meaning – history. But to understand the meaning and sense of these networks’ reconfigurations call for the purpose and telos of our endless undertaking; they remain always incomplete, carried onwards with the current of life, while fluctuating with personal experience in the play of memory.
Facts and life stories, subjective desires and propensities, the circumambient world in its historical moves, creative logos and mythos, personal freedom and inward stirrings thrown in an enigmatic interplay, prompt our imperative thirst for the meaning of this course, its purpose and its fulfillment – the sense of it all. To disentangle all this animates the passions of the literary genius.
The focus of this collection is to isolate the main arteries running through the intermingled forces prompting our quest to endow life with meaning.
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