By Anna-Teresa Tymieniecka
Extraordinary towards peace and concord the person is ceasely torn aside in own, social, nationwide lifestyles via wars, feuds, inequities and intimate own conflicts for which there seems no respite. Does the human situation in interplay with others suggest a relentless adversity? Or, is that this clash as a result of an inside or exterior issue of evil governing our attitudes and behavior towards the opposite individual? To what standards may still I refer for appreciation, judgment, course relating my attitudes and my activities as they undergo at the healthiness of others? on the roots of those questions lies human adventure which must be properly clarified sooner than stepping into speculative abstractions of the moral theories and precepts. Literature, which in its very gist, dwells upon disentangling in a number of point of view the peripeteia of our life-experience deals us a distinct box of source-material for ethical and moral investigations. Literature brings preeminently to mild the ethical Sentiment which pervades our lifestyles with others -- our life tout court docket. Being modulated during the process our studies the ethical Sentiment sustains the very experience of literature and of non-public human existence (Tymieniecka).
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Bascomb manages to save her sparkling little granddaughter Dids as well as her son from Lottie. Mrs. Bascomb has sacriﬁced her daughter-in-law and her own conscience to save her son and granddaughter from a life that does not meet her own presentational moral standards. These are the events of Her Son’s W ife understood straightforwardly. , phenomenology. Here, other aspects of the text are uncovered: phenomenalizations of human experience as irreducible to the natural attitude. By uncovering these aspects, I hope to show that the novel’s thematization of moral values runs counter to the development of an aﬀective ﬀ existence for which moral experience is suddenly and unexpectedly phenomenalized as feelings of love.
In the house Mrs. Bascomb and Lottie remain. When Dids is gone the house is ﬁlled with an ‘‘empty silence’’ (HSW, W 287). Mrs. Bascomb wonders if she herself is still ‘‘alive’’ (HSW, W 287). ‘‘She did not seem to herself to draw a breath. She felt as though she had died’’ (HSW, W 287). I maintain that these feelings reﬂect the fact that the protagonist no longer ‘lives’ in a presentational sense. But Mrs. Bascomb still exists. Phenomenologically this discrepancy between ‘living’ and existing is what dominates the novel’s ﬁnal pages.
10 For the ‘‘new phenomenologists,’’ the eidetic reduction lays bare that which is nonpresentational rather than that which is presentational. In this way, ‘‘new phenomenology’’ challenges Derrida’s critique of Husserl: ‘‘Whereas Derrida reads Husserl as a prisoner of the metaphysics of presence, bound by the idea of a theory of knowledge, Marion reads Husserl as showing the way out of the metaphysics of presence and thus beyond deconstruction’’ (Janicaud; PT T T, p. 9). 11 In Michel Henry’s T he Essence of Manifestation, this position from which Mrs.