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Sameness and non-identity : a study of the philosophy of the everyday

The aim of this thesis is to examine critically the concept of the everyday and everydayness in the light of modem phenomenologically-influenced philosophy. Although a lot of work has been done concerning this topic by the sociology of everyday life, our aim is to thematize the everyday in order to understand its underlying philosophical themes and questions. We examine textually some key works by Edmund Husserl and Martin Heidegger which will provide us with an access to the thematics of the everyday. Following this, we discuss the most important themes underlying the question of the everyday, namely, time, language and the self, always in reference to the writings of Husserl, Heidegger and Jacques Derrida. We examine critically the claim that the everyday is fundamentally defmed as a mode of temporality - the present in its repetition - and as a state of discourse - everyday language or common sense; we also examine the self and its relations to the Other as the basis of the intersubjective nature of everydayness. In the last chapter we try to present a coherent picture of what a thematization of the concept of the everyday might involve. The everyday can be described - but never absolutely defmed - as obvious, pre-given, unthematic, average etc. and is determined by a cluster of metaphysical themes (time, language, the self etc.) as the most basic state of existence. Our fundamental claim is that a certain reading of the concept of the everyday can question these transcendental, philosophical categories and that the everyday has to be thought, following Derrida, as a non-identical repetition of the same, that is, as a trace
Date January 1994
CreatorsMavridis, Iraklis
PublisherUniversity of Sussex
Source SetsEthos UK
Detected LanguageEnglish
TypeElectronic Thesis or Dissertation

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