The Situationality of the Lifeworld
Reflections on Key Terms Concerning Human-Animal Relations
The primary aim of this paper is to offer a philosophical toolkit for understanding our lifeworldly experience of nature. With this task in mind, Edmund Husserl's (1859-1938) phenomenological methods will be brought together with some of Karl Bühler's (1879-1963) linguistic considerations in order to make sense of key terms concerning the human-animal relation, such as »lifeworld«, »nature«, »animal«, »situation« and »context«. These reflections culminate in a concluding question: Can pets become persons in our lifeworld?