eBook di filosofia: Celebrating the Life and Work of J. H. van den Berg

JHvandenBerg

Celebrating the Life and Work of J. H. van den Berg (numero speciale della rivista Janus Head)

“Jan Hendrik van den Berg has been especially conscious of the historical and cultural embeddedness of phenomenological psychology. In fact, he was far ahead of the later postmodern critique of the dangers of foundationalism, essentialism, and historical and cultural universalism. He argues that the very project of all phenomenology is contextualized by limits of language, culture, time, and place. According to van den Berg, phenomenological psychology does not claim to have found a universally valid approach to human phenomena; rather, it is always self-conscious of its anthropological starting point. Van den Berg became especially known for the development and application of a historical phenomenological approach that he termed the metabletical method. Metabletica is a word derived from the Greek meaning “to change.” His book Metabletica: Principles of a Historical Psychology (published in English in 1961 as The Changing Nature of Man) describes the changing relation between adults and children many years before a similar work by the French historian Philipe Ariès. For example, Van den Berg describes the process of the infantilization of adulthood and the appearance of puberty as a historial and cultural phenomenon. The special feature of the metabletical method is that it approaches its object of study not diachronically, as development through time, but synchronically, from within a meaningful constitution of relations among different events during the same shared period. For example, in Leven en Meervoud (1963) (published in English in 1974 as Divided Existence), he provides a concrete portrayal and a surprisingly early postmodern interpretation of the development of the human psyche by connecting it with a variety of simultaneous developments in the surrounding culture, showing how the sense of self-identity is increasingly fragmented, divided, and determined by externals.” (tratto da Phenomenology Online)

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