Phenomenology of Life. Meeting the Challenges of the by A-T. Tymieniecka (Editor)

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But what philosophy? Not a metaphysics of being, for ‘‘being’’ (Heidegger) is an abstract, undifferentiated notion while we deal with material that can be infinitely differentiated. Nor will we seek that ground in an extension of a rare uniquely human experience of moral sympathy (Levinas) found in encounters with a fellow man because that occurs at the highest level of the creative deployment of the Human Condition and we are seeking unity at the primary, generative level. Hence it is symbiotic empathy that offers us the sought for filum Ariadne the all-pervading although differentiating thread running through the entire ladder of life’s deployment.

Printed in the Netherlands. 14 ¨ NBERG DAVID GRU keep alive. ’’1 But a voluntary effort must have a purpose, which motivates this effort. It follows that life can be construed as a process directed to an overall purpose. The problem then is to find out what this purpose consists of and how to attain it. We take the meaning of life, if any, to be precisely this purpose itself. Therefore, if life were meaningless, efforts for living would have no purpose at all so that one could say that life is not worth living.

Reidel Publishing Company, 1977), p. 168. 15 Gary Backhaus, ‘‘Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka: the Trajectory of her Thought from Eidetic Phenomenology to the Phenomenology of Life,’’ Phenomenological Inquiry 25 (2001): 36. 16 Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Creative Forces and Formation, L ife’s Creative Matrix, Analecta Husserliana LXXVII (Dordrecht/Boston/London: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002), p. , p. xv. , pp. xv, xvi. , pp. xvii, xxiii. , p. xxv. 21 Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka, Measure and the Ontopoietic Self-Individualization of L ife, loc.

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