The Phenomenological Conception of the Possible Worlds and the Creative Function of Man

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 14)


At what point in the phenomenological investigation does there arise the question of “possible worlds”? As we know, in his early period Husserl affirms (Ideas I) that to think about another world than the one in which we live and which is the ground from which the phenomenological investigation of both the eidetic order of things and beings as well as of the transcendental ordering by the meaning-bestowing of human consciousness, is absurd.1 When, in his discussion of the life-world or social world (in his early ethical lectures and in Ideas II), Husserl talks about “possible worlds,” he understands by this concept the variations or variants of the life-world in its cultural- social phases as they appear necessarily in the genetic progress of the human consciousness, of which the life-world is but a correlate. What, then, does he mean by ‘possible.’2


Actual World Experiential Pattern Actual Existence Fictitious World Creative Function 
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  1. 1.
    Edmund Husserl, Ideen zu einer reinen Phanomenologie und Phänomenologischen Philosophie (The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1950), vol. I, p. 72.Google Scholar
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    Alois Roth, Edmund Husserls Ethische Untersuchungen, in Phaenomenologica ( Den Haag: Martinus Nijhoff, 1960 ).Google Scholar
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    Roman Ingarden, Studia z Estetyki, vol. I and II passim,(Warsaw: PWN, 1950 ).Google Scholar
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    Eugene Kaelin has suggested this view in his essay read at the Annual Phenomenology and Literature Seminar of The World Phenomenology Institute, Belmont, in April, 1978.Google Scholar
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    Cf. A-T. Tymieniecka, ‘Poetica Nova at the Creative Crucibles, A Treatise in the Metaphysics of the Human Condition and of Art,’ vol. XII, ANALECTA HUSSERLIANA (Dordrecht: D. Reidel, 1981 )Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
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  1. 1.The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and LearningUSA

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