Lebenswelt [Lifeworld] (346 words)

Literary/ Cultural Context Essay

  • Roy Elveton (Carleton College )


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“Lifeworld”, a concept originating in the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl (1859-1938), is best understood as a way of emphasizing the centrality of perception for human experience. This experience is multi-dimensional and includes the experience of individual things and their contextual/perceptual fields, the embodied nature of perceiving consciousness, and the intersubjective nature of the world as it is perceived, especially our knowledge of other subjects, their actions and shared cultural structures. The most encompassing correlate for this richly textured experience is the world-horizon, manifested in the harmoniously continuing experience of the world. The world-horizon is open-ended and temporal: the world-as-perceived …

Elveton, Roy. "Lebenswelt [Lifeworld]". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 April 2005
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