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Arts and Humanities | Continental Philosophy | Philosophy of Science

Abstract

An exploration of the utility of a phenomenological style of philosophizing about nature called the analysis of horizons. The name refers to a banner of philosophical reflection practiced by many philosophers mostly of European origin who have been influenced by the Husserlian tradition, like Heidegger, de Waelhens, Gurwitsch, Merleau-Ponty, Luijpen, to mention but a few. To philosophize about science in a phenomenological vein, one must begin with a phenomenological description of the form of life of scientific research, because it is only within a form of life, that is, within a way of experiencing objects, that objects present themselves as real. Mathematical signs, diagrams, tables, symbolic calculi, however useful they may be within a scientific form of life, do not of themselves present us the real object of scientific research in so far as this is envisioned as research into nature.

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