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HISTORY AS SOIL AND SEDIMENT: Geological Tropes of Historicity in Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty

HISTORY AS SOIL AND SEDIMENT: Geological Tropes of Historicity in Heidegger, Husserl, and... Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, Vol. 48-49 (2013-2014), 139-152 HISTORY AS SOlL AND SEDIMENT Geological Tropes of Historicity in Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty JACOB MARTIN RUM? Many twentieth-century accounts ofhistory have used geological tropes to de­ scribe the phenomenon of historical knowledge, and such terms have been of particular importance in the phenomenological tradition. In Heidegger's refer­ ences in Being and Time to the "soil ofhistory," Husserl's account in his later work of"sedimentation" in the lifeworld, and the reformulation ofthis notion in the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, geological tropes are used to illus­ trate important insights into the relation between contingency, a priority and historicity. This paper seeks to contribute to an understanding of history - un­ derstood phenomenologically as historicity - through an analysis ofthese geo­ logical tropes. Our findings can be summarized as folIows: such geological tropes help the phenomenologist to describe the way in which history is always determined within a complex interplay between only temporarily fixed determining struc­ tures - such as riverbanks, insoluble sediment, soil, etc. - and free-flowing praxis, a situation in which historical events are at once determinant of and themselves determined by human activity. Paradoxically, the constant and "grounding" element in such conceptions http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Danish Yearbook of Philosophy Brill

HISTORY AS SOIL AND SEDIMENT: Geological Tropes of Historicity in Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty

Danish Yearbook of Philosophy , Volume 48 (1): 14 – Oct 1, 2011

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Danish Yearbook of Philosophy, Vol. 48-49 (2013-2014), 139-152 HISTORY AS SOlL AND SEDIMENT Geological Tropes of Historicity in Heidegger, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty JACOB MARTIN RUM? Many twentieth-century accounts ofhistory have used geological tropes to de­ scribe the phenomenon of historical knowledge, and such terms have been of particular importance in the phenomenological tradition. In Heidegger's refer­ ences in Being and Time to the "soil ofhistory," Husserl's account in his later work of"sedimentation" in the lifeworld, and the reformulation ofthis notion in the phenomenology of Merleau-Ponty, geological tropes are used to illus­ trate important insights into the relation between contingency, a priority and historicity. This paper seeks to contribute to an understanding of history - un­ derstood phenomenologically as historicity - through an analysis ofthese geo­ logical tropes. Our findings can be summarized as folIows: such geological tropes help the phenomenologist to describe the way in which history is always determined within a complex interplay between only temporarily fixed determining struc­ tures - such as riverbanks, insoluble sediment, soil, etc. - and free-flowing praxis, a situation in which historical events are at once determinant of and themselves determined by human activity. Paradoxically, the constant and "grounding" element in such conceptions

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Published: Oct 1, 2011

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