Creative Virtualities in Human Self-Interpretation-in-Culture

Phenomenology of Life and the Human Creative Condition (Book IV)

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 55)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. The Ethical Impulse in Husserl: Individual, Culture, Humanity

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Gary E. Overvold
      Pages 13-23
  3. Valuation, Culture, Ideologies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 83-84
    2. John Francis Burke
      Pages 85-94
    3. Octavi Fullat I Genís
      Pages 95-124
    4. Enrique Dussel
      Pages 125-159
    5. Carlos J. Ramos-Mattei
      Pages 161-176
    6. Zofia Majewska
      Pages 177-191
  4. The Meanders of the Individual’s Attunement and Integration with Others Within the Cultural Harmonisation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 213-213
    2. Krystyna Danecka-Szopowa
      Pages 215-223
    3. Maxine Sheets-Johnstone
      Pages 225-242
    4. María Luisa Pfeiffer
      Pages 243-258
    5. Christer Bjurvill
      Pages 259-280
    6. R. Teltcharova-Kourenkova, E. Plekhanov, S. Sisova
      Pages 281-288
  5. Missing and Retrieving the Spontaneous Participation with the Other Within the Cultural Network of Life

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 289-289
    2. Eduardo Bolivar
      Pages 301-317
    3. Miguel M. Jarquín
      Pages 319-335
  6. Morality Oscillating Between Good and Evil

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Steven Zucker
      Pages 345-358
    3. Yudit Ronen
      Pages 359-368
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 376-387

About this book


It would seem that modern humanity has unthroned the human spirit, undercutting the very foundation of the validity of truth, moral values and principles. There appears to be no attempt to discern what is beautiful and true: it is functional and pragmatic usefulness that seem to dominate human evaluations and transactions with other humans and, indeed, animals. Humanity is becoming detached from the `higher' aesthetic, moral and intellectual works of the human spirit and thus the life of the spirit is often situated on the other side of a gulf, opposed to science with its rationality. Culture is in danger of becoming reduced to science. In other words, the great metaphysical questions - those of telos, of sense - often are answered in terms of scientific conceptions. But these are at least incomplete, if not fragmentary, and in principle hypothetical, which still leaves the questions unanswered.
But it is culture that is the manifestation of the human spirit, being the historical process of human self-interpretation-in-existence. All manifestations of the creative forge of the human being find a role in the fabric of culture, which involves progressively widening circles of the human community, demanding an integration and attunement with others in their changing conditions of life. This consideration of culture involves all areas of philosophical reflection: moral, aesthetic, metaphysical, epistemological, semiological, cognitive, and more.


Edmund Husserl Roman Ingarden concept morality phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
    • 1
  1. 1.The World Phenomenology InstituteUSA

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