The Realism of Transcendence: A Critical Analysis of Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ Early Ontology

By Ronny Miron.

Published by The International Journal of Literary Humanities

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This article focuses on the problem of transcendence in “On the Ontology and Doctrine of Appearance of the Real External World” (1916) (Doctrine of Appearance) - the first publication from a vast corpus of writings by Hedwig Conrad-Martius (1888-1966) (CM). The principles of the realistic phenomenology that CM explores in this treatise by studying the phenomenon of the real external world, designate her early ontology upon which her later metaphysical worldview would be based. Her establishing argument associates transcendence with mundane reality and eliminates mystical meaning from it. Although the ontological aspect of the problem of transcendence is more dominant in CM’s approach, its epistemological dimensions are not denied but illuminated through her discussion of the nature of human spirit in the face of which the world appears as external. My main argument is that CM’s phenomenology of externality lays the foundations for the phenomenology of transcendence. Consequently, transcendence transpires as the depth and the most ultimate meaning not only of externality but also of reality as such.

Keywords: Ontology, Reality, Essence, Transcendence

The International Journal of Literary Humanities, Volume 11, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.37-48. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 7, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 526.554KB)).

Prof. Ronny Miron

Associate Professor, Department of Hermenutics, Department of Philosophy, Bar Ilan University--Ramat Gan, Ramat Gan, Israel

Dr. Ronny Miron is an associate professor at the Program for Hermeneutics and the Philosophy Department of Bar Ilan University (Ramat Gan, Israel). Her areas of specialization, in both teaching and research, are existentialism, phenomenology, idealism, psychoanalysis and modern Jewish theology.