A First Day of Realism: Hans Blumenberg and the Origin of the Phenomenological Correlation
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This article discusses Hans Blumenberg’s theory of the lifeworld and his concept of the absolutism of reality to account for the origin of transcendental consciousness and the phenomenological correlation between subject and world. Drawing on the work of Husserl and Meillassoux, I first argue that phenomenology has failed to address this origin: due to its idealist assumptions that always presuppose consciousness, it has never properly reflected on the conditions that brought about this world-constituting consciousness itself. Based on the writings of Blumenberg, I propose a revision of the phenomenological framework which approaches consciousness and the subject-world correlation as a historical result of the human condition. I first show how Blumenberg develops a ‘genetic method’ to legitimate his speculative account of the origin of consciousness and this is followed with an analysis of Blumenberg’s reinterpretation of Husserl’s notion of the lifeworld and his own idea of an absolutism of reality.
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