In this column, I would like to describe the underlying tenets of Heideggerian Phenomenology, in particular the idea of life-worlds
used in this type of research to describe the lived experience of people who are studied.
It seems self-evident, as it is implied by the 'shock experience' kindled by the patient's behaviour, that her conduct must be situated in a life-world
that does not (at least, in part) overlap with our own.
On this account I reaffirm my experience that in all the years of frequenting PNG, with a focus on the Yagwoia life-world
, I also as a matter of course researched the vicissitudes of senis, divelopmen, taim bilong senis, that have been taking place ever since the gavman (originally colonial) established itself in their abode.
Thus he embraced an even more fundamental shift, namely, from within human society alone (as "another Chisso") to a broader system of the life-world
of which human society is a part.
Three chapters are devoted to an account of Husserl's phenomenology of the life-world
and his criticism of science, which sets the stage for a critical assessment of the history of economics.
Without the life-world
there is no scientific world.
On Hampe's reading, Husserl aims to reconstruct the unknown, untransparent fundament of all knowledge in a reconstructed life-world
(the history of science is the key project that will help us attain the transparency and unity of knowledge): the life-world
has a systematic and historical priority over any scientific theory or worldview, science and the life-world
are compatible and unifiable in some way and at some time, whereas the analysis of the life-world
will bring to light the fundamental meanings that made science possible (the technologies and practices of the sciences are opaque knowledge).
As such, the life-world
being social is also the historical one.
Following on from Kant, Habermas locates this foundation in the common language of human rights and rational morals as they appear in the organisation of our life-world
The significance of a secure life-world
can hardly be underestimated.
Yet in his attempts to mediate between concept and sensation, the general and the particular, his essayistic cultural critique shared with those of Robert Musil, Benjamin, and Bloch an ideational-sensual focus on the explicitly modern "ordinary" phenomena of the contemporary life-world
In this article attention will be focused on the description of the life-world
of visually impaired adolescents.