HLTD02H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Intersubjectivity
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The Reality of Everyday Life
Everyday life is presented as a reality that is interpreted by men and subjectively
meaningful to them as a coherent world. The world is subjective.
We cannot ignore the fact that the foundations of reality is subjective and
dependent on the subjects
Phenomenological analysis: the subjective experience of everyday life: no causal
or genetic hypotheses.
Consciousness always intentional. Whether you or looking at something or
thinking about something, it is intentional.
Reality of everyday life is privileged. It has an impact on your consciousness at
Life is an ordered reality in the sense objects are designated as objects before we
arrive on the scene. A lamp is a lamp before we reach it. This is thanks to the
technical vocabulary of society and a web of human relationships. Language.
Everyday life is experienced through not only the here and now, but factors that
are not present in the current environment as well. There is the zone of everyday
life that is accessible to bodily manipulation. This is a pragmatic area. There are
zones that are inaccessible however that may be of no interest, or are interesting
indirectly so that they do not affect a person at the present moment. Less intense
focus and less urgent. An example is a mechanic who is most interested in the
immediate environment around him: the garage. The inner workings of car labs at
Detroit may be a more distant interest as well.
Worlds are shared. This is termed intersubjectivity. The world is shared with
others. We share realities. Your here may be someone’s there. Face to face
conversations are the most basic and fully real examples of this. Your now may
not be someone’s now. But we are aware of this and call it common sense
knowledge: the knowledge with share with others in normal self evident routines
of everyday life.
We can have problems in our everyday life that deal primarily with our realities
and how we perceive them. This can affect our research as it is our perception that
can fuel how we interpret results or go about conduction our research
Reality also has a temporal quality. We learn that certain events must precede
others, that we must get certain things done before others. We also learn that we
are born at a certain time, revolving around certain events. We proceed with our
lives centered around the concept of time.
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