Inadequacy of Objective Sciences

The essay examines Edmund Husserl's (1859–1938) view of the crisis of the sciences as an example of the more general crisis of human rationality. The source of the crisis is located to be the loss of autonomy of reason. For sciences this means that they, and their role in our lives, have not been adequately philosophically clarified. Consequently sciences turn into a fragmentary field of technically productive methods. The phenomenon feeds the more general crisis of rationality back by making people fact-minded and indifferent towards questions central for humanity. The cure for the situation is in critical philosophical clarification of the sciences and their role for our lives. This takes place through examining the sciences, especially scientists normative goals and our life-world from both objective and transcendental point of view. The description is critical aiming at renewing the role of sciences to us. The essay ends with a consideration of the applicability of Husserlian views to the present day sciences and society.

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