So today I’m talking to the students in my existentialism class about the phenomenological moment, the encounter with the given which is presupposed in any account of how we encounter the world and which gives us back the world from a skeptical move which might try to doubt it or suggest it’s an illusion. As part of this I was saying that the world, the self, thinking are all primarily ‘just given’ and then we need to explore on top of that the how of the giving of the world, the self, thinking. This is to say, the world is, but how it is has still to be described. On the basis of this, of course, phenomenology offers us descriptions of this how the world is given, and can come up with some strange, some beautiful descriptions – and so here’s an example, the phenomenology of typewriters by Richard Polt. I’m not going to say anything directly about Polt’s essay in this post, maybe later, but this is for my existentialism and phenomenology students…
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