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date: 24 April 2019

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This article presents the dimension of genetic phenomenology within the thought of Edmund Husserl. It introduces the relation of phenomenological matters and methods, and outlines the possible spheres of phenomenology: static, genetic, and generative. It then explores the co-emergence of static and genetic phenomenological methods and describes the matters that are peculiar to each. By focusing specifically on genetic phenomenological method, the article describes key genetic phenomena, such as normality and abnormality as they concern the constitution of lived sense, embodied existence, and subjectivity. After explaining in what way the normal and the pathological express the concordance or harmony and disharmony in the development of meaning, it describes the original notion of the optimal as a new notion of normality in phenomenology, as well as the ways in which some norms can be transcended from within optimal experience. The article concludes by elaborating the relation between stasis and genesis.

Keywords: phenomenology, Edmund Husserl, static phenomenology, genetic phenomenology, normal, abnormal, pathological, optimal, norm, phenomenological method

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