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Genetic Phenomenology in the Work of Aron Gurwitsch

Genetic Phenomenology in the Work of Aron Gurwitsch 57 Genetic Phenomenology in the Work of Aron Gurwitsch OSBORNE WIGGENS This brief essay marks an attempt to think along with the masterful Aron Gurwitsch on topics indigenous to a genetic phenomenology. Here I must simply presuppose as established and understood Professor Gurwitsch's rethinking of the noematic structure and organization of perceptual objects in terms of fundamental insights of Gestalt theory. A brief rehearsing of certain aspects of Gurwitsch's genetic phenomenology will lead us to focus our attention upon the problem of the identity or self-identity of the perceptual object throughout the stages of pre-predica- tive genesis. It will appear, as Aron Gurwitsch repeatedly maintained, that this problem of "identity throughout genesis" must be either radically revised and reformulated or else completely rejected. Sustaining then our focus upon this particular issue, we shall be able to grasp a crucial similarity between Gurwitsch's genetic phenomenology and Jean Piaget's genetic psychology. In the genesis of mental life, perceptual, practical objects acquire new qualities and determinations. Take, for example, the household tool we adults know as "scissors." At one phase in my mental development the object acquired for me the specific instrumental sense of "something to cut with." Prior to that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Research in Phenomenology Brill

Genetic Phenomenology in the Work of Aron Gurwitsch

Research in Phenomenology , Volume 5 (1): 57 – Jan 1, 1975

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Brill
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© 1975 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-5553
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1569-1640
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10.1163/156916475X00097
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57 Genetic Phenomenology in the Work of Aron Gurwitsch OSBORNE WIGGENS This brief essay marks an attempt to think along with the masterful Aron Gurwitsch on topics indigenous to a genetic phenomenology. Here I must simply presuppose as established and understood Professor Gurwitsch's rethinking of the noematic structure and organization of perceptual objects in terms of fundamental insights of Gestalt theory. A brief rehearsing of certain aspects of Gurwitsch's genetic phenomenology will lead us to focus our attention upon the problem of the identity or self-identity of the perceptual object throughout the stages of pre-predica- tive genesis. It will appear, as Aron Gurwitsch repeatedly maintained, that this problem of "identity throughout genesis" must be either radically revised and reformulated or else completely rejected. Sustaining then our focus upon this particular issue, we shall be able to grasp a crucial similarity between Gurwitsch's genetic phenomenology and Jean Piaget's genetic psychology. In the genesis of mental life, perceptual, practical objects acquire new qualities and determinations. Take, for example, the household tool we adults know as "scissors." At one phase in my mental development the object acquired for me the specific instrumental sense of "something to cut with." Prior to that

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Research in PhenomenologyBrill

Published: Jan 1, 1975

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