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Frontiers of Philosophy in China

Front. Philos. China    2014, Vol. 9 Issue (2) : 254-267
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A Philosophical Analysis of the Concept of Crisis
WANG Tangjia()
School of Philosophy, Fudan University, Shanghai 200433, China
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In our times, philosophy has been suffering from a spiritual crisis that takes the forms of the crisis of culture, the crisis of meaning, and the crisis of way of life. As the soul of culture, philosophy should contribute valuable responses to the problems of our times. Thus understood, this paper intends to analyze the concept of crisis in a phenomenological approach. The concept of crisis is concerned with the philosophical themes of time and death, and the crises of our times are primarily the crises of life-meaning and the life-world. Drawing sources from Husserl and other phenomenologists, as well as experiences from Chinese culture, I argue that a philosophy of crisis should find its point of departure from the crisis of philosophy.

Keywords crisis      crisis-experience      internal time      phenomenology      Edmund Husserl      Chinese culture     
Issue Date: 04 July 2014
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WANG Tangjia. A Philosophical Analysis of the Concept of Crisis[J]. Front. Philos. China, 2014, 9(2): 254-267.
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