Emme tienneet mitä meille tapahtui – Näkökulmia todellisuuden fenomenologiaan

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"We did not know what happened to us" – A phenomenology of reality

In classical phe­nomenology, the sense of reality is analyzed by the concepts of passive synthesis and sedimentation of meaning. The article argues that the classical phenomenological approach is insufficient: Being prejudiced for doxic-cognitive experiences, it fails to account for the temporality of certain limit experiences, such as the panic experiences of autistic children and traumatized subjects. Drawing from Freudian and Lacanian psychoanalysis and from Lévinas' phenomeno­logy, the article develops new concepts, most importantly the concept of reality affection, which allow us to understand and characterize the sense of reality and its origin.