The Vocabulary of Reality

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This chapter seeks to extricate and explicate the unique vocabulary that was consolidated by the realistic phenomenologist Hedwig Conrad-Martius (HCM) in her establishing book Realontologie (HCM, 1923). Among the concepts are: “Essence” (Wesenheit), “Bearer” (Träger), Selfness (Selbsthaftigkeit), Capability (Können), Tangentiality (Tangierbarkeit), Corporeality (Leibhaftigkeit), Internality, “Quiet”, Fullness (Fülle), Depth (Tiefe), divisibility (Teilbarkeit), Abyss (Abgrund; Ungrund), and others. HCM does not always coin them as distinguished concepts, but they function as philosophical concepts due to the meaning she pours into them and the way she uses them. The author suggests that these terms can inaugurate the realistic discourse on reality, which is noticeably almost absent in the modern philosophy that has been almost sweepingly conquered by the literal and advanced idealistic discourse. Moreover, this realistic vocabulary is one of the greatest contributions of HCM to modern philosophy.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWomen in the History of Philosophy and Sciences
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameWomen in the History of Philosophy and Sciences

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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