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The philosophy of phenomenology introduced in the late 1800s by Edmund Husserl 1859-1938 is a way to relate the phenomena of human experience with the consciousness of the self in society In other words by analyzing the self and the experiences that one has encountered in society the subject will obtain a regained consciousness of who they are In doing so phenomenology digs into the roots of a cultures history and exposes it to the present culture or society This increases wonder of ones surroundings and lets the subject learn more about themselves and their nation thus strengthening nationalism and the pride of living The past Enlightenment ideal of being an individual is readily apparent in phenomenologys pride of being The philosophy thrives on the uniqueness of identity but adds a twist of universality of the self thus updating an old ideal In this way each persons being or spirit is unique but is constructed from its many universal parts experiences historical cultures and past histories The beauty of phenomenology is the contemporariness of it The philosophy will forever remain young because it deals with consciousness in current society through the precedent of its history Thus the change of phenomenology in the past century is not so much a change as rather a construction of further ideas in the direction of awakened realization Phenomenology by definition is the knowledge and consciousness of who we are as beings Husserl catalyzed the Phenomenological Movement in 1901 with his philosophy which described the phenomena of the active spirit any person in society who has experiences and sensations Thus to observe our real personalities and spirit we need to step outside ourselves turning the subjective being into an object and observe it But Husserl wanted to escape from the subject-object distinction because the spirit was too complex to be treated as an object He didnt want phenomenology to turn into an unphilosophical study of mere facts and lose its
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