Husserl and the Phenomenology of Temporality


This chapter summarizes Husserl's phenomenology of time consciousness and situates it in the larger context of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century considerations about the psychology of temporal experience. Then, in an attempt to place it in a more contemporary context, it suggests an enactive interpretation of this phenomenology, first by extending Husserl's analysis of consciousness to bodily action, and, second, by considering the rethinking of the notion of primal impression suggested by Husserl himself. The intrinsic temporality, found in bodily movement and action, manifests itself at both the sub-personal and the personal levels of analysis. For Husserl, only because there is a Präsenzzeit, a temporally extended conscious act, can there be something like a specious present, a temporally extended sensed content. © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

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A Companion to the Philosophy of Time