Generative Worlds. New Phenomenological Perspectives on Space and Time accounts for the phenomenological concept of generativity. In doing so, this book brings together several recent phenomenological studies on space and time. Generative studies in phenomenology propose new ways of conceiving space, time, and the relation between them. Edited by Luz Ascarate and Quentin Gailhac, the collection reveals new dimensions to topics such as the generation of life, birth, historicity, intersubjectivity, narrativity, institution, touching, and places, and in some cases, the contributors invert the classical definitions of space and time. These transformative readings are fruitful for the interdisciplinary exchange between philosophy and fields such as cosmology, psychology, and the social sciences. The contributors ask if phenomenology reaches its own concreteness through the study of generation and whether it manages to redefine certain dimensions of space and time which, in other orientations of the Husserlian method, remain too abstract and detached from the constitutive becoming of experience.
Luz Ascarate is working on a second PhD dissertation at the University Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne.
Quentin Gailhac is agrégé in philosophy and a non-tenured lecturer and researcher (ATER) in philosophy at Sorbonne University.
Introduction. Generativity: Between Generation and Life
Luz Ascarate and Quentin Gailhac
Part I. Emerging Life
Chapter 1. Born to Oneself
Chapter 2. Decision as Urstiftung
Part II. Generations
Chapter 3. Between Generation and Genesis: A New Stiftung
Chapter 4. Generative Temporality
Chapter 5. Thinking Space-Time as Earth-World: Husserl, Heidegger, and DeLillo
Part III. Homes
Chapter 6. On the Generation of Meaningful and Valuable Space: The Place of Feelings in Generativity
Chapter 7. Phenomenology of the Book and Hermeneutics of the Text: Touching and Interpreting Space
Francisco Diez Fischer
Chapter 8. Belonging and Cosmology
Although generativity is recognized as a central theme in classical Husserlian phenomenology, literature on the topic remains scarce and the plethora of phenomena hidden under this umbrella term remains to be further investigated. This important and timely collection of articles, written by prominent figures in contemporary phenomenology, promises to fill a gap in contemporary phenomenological literature by awakening our interest in the irreducibly social and historical dimensions of human existence. While showing how phenomenology of generativity deformalizes our understanding of temporality and spatiality, the volume offers penetrating analyses of highly diverse themes, such as historicity, institution, birth, home, and the relation of parents and children.