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The world-horizon in Ideas I

Saulius Geniusas

pp. 55-64

In the context of the horizon-problematic, Husserl's notion of the world-horizon occupies a preeminent place: it is the original figure of the horizon in Ideas I—the work that marks the emergence of the horizon-problematic in phenomenology. This chapter traces Husserl's development of the world-horizon in Ideas I with the aim of establishing a rather paradoxical thesis: Ideas I both uncovers and suppresses the concept of the horizon in its all-determining sense. Such is the case because Ideas I both marks the discovery of the world-horizon as well as leaves the problematic of the world-horizon largely undetermined. I further argue that the problematic of the world-horizon is left unexplored in Ideas I because the world-horizon is a specifically genetic notion, which in its first appearance is still dressed in static garb. One can thus say that even though Husserl's Ideas I marks the emergence of the horizon-problematic in phenomenology, this early work procures only a preliminary, and not a conclusive, notion of the horizon.

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-007-4644-2_4

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Geniusas, S. (2012). The world-horizon in Ideas I, in The origins of the horizon in Husserl's phenomenology, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 55-64.

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