Voigtländer and the Early Phenomenological Constellation

In Kristin Gjesdal & Dalia Nassar (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the German Tradition (forthcoming)

Íngrid Vendrell-Ferran
Heidelberg University
This chapter examines Else Voigtländer’s place within early phenomenology. The chapter starts by disclosing her relation to Lipps and to prominent phenomenologists of the Munich Circle, such as Pfänder, Scheler, Geiger, and Daubert. It proceeds to offer an analysis of her work as it is embedded within the phenomenological tradition. In particular, the chapter focuses on her original application of the phenomenological method, her contribution to the emotivist theory of self-consciousness, her analysis of the social dimension of the self, her development of a concept of affectivity as intimately linked to value, and her study of specific phenomena, such as Ressentiment and erotic love. The chapter finishes with a discussion of the mechanisms that might have led to Voigtländer’s omission from the canon of phenomenology and an argument for the necessity of rewriting the history of the phenomenological movement to include her as a fully-fledged member.
Keywords early phenomenology  phenomenological method  feeling of self-worth  self-consciousness  authenticity  empathy  affective intentionality  value  emotion  sentiment  Ressentiment
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