Phenomenology of Life from the Animal Soul to the Human Mind

Book I In Search of Experience

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 93)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XLI
  2. Animality and Consciousness

  3. Sources of Humanity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 98-98
    2. Leszek Pyra
      Pages 99-108
    3. BronisŁaw BombaŁa
      Pages 109-126
    4. Konrad Rokstad
      Pages 127-161
  4. In Search of Experience

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 162-162
    2. Nancy Mardas
      Pages 175-188
    3. Maria Villela-Petit
      Pages 205-218
    4. Mara Stafecka
      Pages 219-229
  5. Moral Element of Experience

  6. The Creative Turn

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 318-318
    2. Maria Manuela Brito Martins
      Pages 319-334
    3. Kiymet Selvi
      Pages 351-370
  7. Creativity and Aesthetic Experience

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 443-452

About this book


Transcendental phenomenology presumed to have overcome the classic mind-body dichotomy in terms of consciousness, yet, according to progress in scientific studies, the biological functions of the brain seem to appropriate significant functions attributed traditionally to consciousness. Should we indeed dissolve the specificity of human consciousness by explaining human experience in its multiple sense-giving modalities through the physiological functions of the brain? The present collection of studies addresses this crucial question challenging such "naturalizing" reductionism from multiple angles. In search for the roots of "The Specifically Human Experience" (Bombala), moving along the line of "Animality and Intellection"(Gosetti-Ferencei), "Naturalistic Attitude and Personalistic Attitude"(Villela-Petit), and numerous other perspectives, we arrive at a novel proposal to explain the scholar functional differentiation of conscious modalities. We reach their source in the ontopoietic thread conducting the Logos of Life in its stepwise "Evolutive Unfolding"(Carmen Cozma), and in "sentience" as its quintessential core of further irreducible continuity (Tymieniecka) dispelling dichotomies and reductionisms.


Creativity Edmund Husserl Emmanuel Lévinas Martin Heidegger Maurice Merleau-Ponty Mind Moral body concept phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
    • 1
  1. 1.The World Phenomenology InstituteHanoverU.S.A

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