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By Eran Dorfman

We are used to seeing the typical as a regular point of lifestyles, anything that we have to "overcome"; while it really performs a very important function in any occasion of our lives. This hugely unique publication engages with a number thinkers and texts from around the fields of phenomenology, psychoanalysis and important thought, together with Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Freud and Benjamin, including leading edge research of French literature and the visible arts, to illustrate that the position of repetition and deferral in modernity has replaced dramatically. instead of permitting the standard steadily to combine singular occasions into its repetitive texture, occasions are skilled now as self-enclosed entities, allegedly disconnected from the typical, resulting in its impoverishment. The ebook hence deals a singular knowing of being, physique, trauma and surprise, yet in the framework of the standard as an idea that merits a concept of its very own.

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With Heidegger, we are now in a position to better understand the motivation of this movement—that is, the inadequacy of equipment. Dasein is out there in the world, repeating an activity it masters, when suddenly this activity cannot be accomplished anymore. Dasein then needs to suspend the everyday movement and reflect upon the situation; it needs to carefully look at the unusable equipment and consider how to carry out the interrupted activity. This reflection or vision supplies Dasein with fresh knowledge of how things work in everyday life and how an activity can be fulfilled in more than one way such that the everyday may change.

Indeed, all these situations are common in our everyday lives. Things are often discovered to be unsuitable, missing or obstructing, so that we need to figure out what they are made of and how to replace, obtain or remove them. Moreover, if we go back to the scheme I presented in the introduction, we may note that these situations perfectly exemplify the everyday mechanism of foundation. Any founding act is a movement that reaches beyond the everyday and brings something back into it. With Heidegger, we are now in a position to better understand the motivation of this movement—that is, the inadequacy of equipment.

27 Phenomenology’s inability to fully exploit its position regarding the everyday is, I argue, not its weakness, but rather precisely its main point of interest. Phenomenology’s “on the way” position manifests an endless, essentially incomplete passage from the empirical to the transcendental world, from the rapidly shifting mountains to the stable peak of the inner room. Perhaps if we focused our attention on this perpetual movement instead of beguiling ourselves with the possibility of effecting the phenomenological reduction once and for all, we would be able to better understand the way the everyday life is founded and repeated.

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