The Vocabulary of Reality

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This article seeks to extricate and explicate the unique vocabulary that was consolidated by the realistic phenomenologist Hedwig Conrad-Martius in her establishing book Realontologie, published in 1923. Among the concepts are: “Essence” (Wesenheit), “Bearer” (Träger), Self-adherence (Selbsthaftigkeit), Capability (Können), Tangentiality (Tangierbarkeit), Incorporation (Leibhaftigkeit), Internality, “Quiet,” Fullness (Fülle), Depth, Layeredness (Teilbarkeit), Abyss (Abgrund), and others. CM 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-347
Number of pages17
JournalHuman Studies
Issue number3
StatePublished - 26 Sep 2015

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  • Incorporation (Leibhaftigkeit)
  • Ontology (Ontologie)
  • Reality (Realität)
  • Self-adherence (Selbsthaftigkeit)
  • Tangentiality (Tangierbarkeit)


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