Alina Vaisfeld

Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy, New School for Social Research, New York

(April – May 2010)


The Subject as Movement:
The Relation between Self and World in Husserl, Heidegger, and Patocka

In my project, I seek to explore an understanding of human life in both its dimensions of worldliness and of self-relation. How can we grasp ourselves as both theoretical and as fundamentally situated? How can we think of ourselves as created beings that perpetually recreate themselves? When pursuing these questions in reference to the work of Husserl, Heidegger, and Patocka, I will follow Patocka in describing as an essential dynamic of movement this kind of human existence, which partakes in both, the realm of the self and the realm of the world—as a passage beyond and a perpetual return to the self who can only be understood in terms of worldly structures and its comportment towards them.