The Lifeworld Revisted: Husserl and Some Recent Interpreters

  • David Carr
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 106)


The concept of the lifeworld was of central importance to the revived interest in Husserl’s thought during th 1950’s and 1960’s. In Europe this revival was influenced jointly by the French existentialists and by the post-war publication of Husserl’s collected works. Maurice Merleau-Ponty had referred at several points in his 1945 Phenomenology of Perception to the unpublished portions of Husserl’s last work, The Crisis of European Sciences, in which the Lebenswelt figures prominentley, and those portions were then published in 1954 in vol. VI of Husserliana. As existential phenomenology attracted interest in North America in the 1960’s, Husserl’s late work was seen as part of a trend that included Merleau’s concept of the monde vécu and Heidegger’s emphasis in Being and Time on being-in-the-world.


Scientific Theory Scientific Realism Linguistic Meaning Perceptual World Historical Sense 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Carr
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  1. 1.The University of OttawaCanada

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