Experience and History: Phenomenological Perspectives on the Historical World

Hardcover | July 4, 2014

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David Carr outlines a distinctively phenomenological approach to history. Rather than asking what history is or how we know history, a phenomenology of history inquires into history as a phenomenon and into the experience of the historical. How does history present itself to us, how does itenter our lives, and what are the forms of experience in which it does so? History is usually associated with social existence and its past, and so Carr probes the experience of the social world and of its temporality. Experience in this context connotes not just observation but also involvement andinteraction: We experience history not just in the social world around us but also in our own engagement with it. For several decades, philosophers' reflections on history have been dominated by two themes: representation and memory. Each is conceived as a relation to the past: representation can be of the past, and memory is by its nature of the past. On both of these accounts, history is separated by a gapfrom what it seeks to find or wants to know, and its activity is seen by philosophers as that of bridging this gap. This constitutes the problem to which the philosophy of history addresses itself: how does history bridge the gap which separates it from its object, the past? It is against this background that a phenomenological approach, based on the concept of experience, can be proposed as a means of solving this problem - or at least addressing it in a way that takes us beyond the notion of a gap between present and past.

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David Carr outlines a distinctively phenomenological approach to history. Rather than asking what history is or how we know history, a phenomenology of history inquires into history as a phenomenon and into the experience of the historical. How does history present itself to us, how does itenter our lives, and what are the forms of exp...

David Carr is Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Emory University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research. He is also the author of The Paradox of Subjectivity: The Self in the Transcendental Tradition (OUP, 1999), Interpreting Husserl: Critical and Comparative Studies (1987), T...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.98 inPublished:July 4, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction: On the Phenomenology of History1. The Phenomenological Question2. Representation, Memory, Experience3. Phenomenological Perspectives: an Outline1. The Varieties of Experience1. On the Concept of Experience and its Curious Fate2. Experience and Innocence: The Empiricists3. Experience in Kant and Hegel4. So Far: Three Concepts of Experience5. Dilthey, Husserl and a New Word: Erlebnis6. From Mysticism to Pragmatism: Buber, James, Dewey7. Taking Stock Again: How Many Concepts of Experience?8. Experience and Foundationalism9. Summing Up: Four Concepts of Experience2. Experience and History1. The Two Relevant Senses of Experience2. Husserl on Temporality3. Time and Experience4. Intentionality5. Objects, Events, World6. Others and The Human World7. Experience and Historicity8. Being with Others9. "We" and Community10. Community and Historicity11. History and Retrospection12. The Experience of Historical Events13. Levels of Temporality14. The Significance of These Examples3. Experience and The Philosophy of History1. Taking Stock2. Experience, Representation, Memory3. Narrative Representation4. Experience and Memory5. What Kind of Philosophy of History Is This?6. The Epistemology of History7. The Metaphysics of History4. The Metaphysics of History and Its Critics1. The Project of Re-reading the Philosophy of History2. The Rise and Fall of the Classical Philosophy of History: The Standard View3. Hegel and his Alleged Predecessors4. Hegel's Lectures and Their Reception5. Twentieth Century Reactions5. A Phenomenological Re-reading of the Classical Philosophy of History1. Danto and "Metaphysics of Everyday Life"2. Narrative and Everyday Life3. Practical Narrative4. Narrative and The Classical Philosophy of History5. Narrative and The Social6. The Project of Re-reading7. Marx and Marxists8. Hegel's Lectures Again9. History and the Phenomenology of Spirit10. Hegel as Reformer11. Hegel and Beyond12. Conclusion6. Phenomenologists on History1. The Emergence of Nineteenth Century Historicism2. Historicism and Marxism3. Husserl and Dilthey4. Husserl's Response to Historicism5. Husserl's Crisis and a Different View of History6. Philosophy of History in the Crisis7. Phenomenology and The Epistemology of History8. Phenomenology and Historicity in the Crisis9. Coda: French Phenomenology of History10. Conclusion7. Space, Time and History1. Time Zones: Phenomenological Reflections on Cultural Timea. Space and Place, Home and Beyondb. Lived Space, Lived Timec. The Universal Nowd. Time and The Othere. Local Time, East and Westf. Conclusion: Cultural Time and the Contemporary World2. Place and Time: On the Interplay of Historical Points of Viewa. Placeb. The Reality of Othersc. Timed. "Virtual History"e. Narrativef. Conclusion8. Experience, Narrative and Historical Knowledge1. History, Fiction and Human Timea. Questioning the Distinction Between History and Fictionb. A Responsec. Fiction and Falsehoodd. Knowledge and Imaginatione. Narrative and Realityf. An Exampleg. Conclusion2. Narrative Explanation3. Epistemology and Ontology of NarrativeBibliographyIndex