23 Jun 2009

Climaxing Now, Husserl, para 181, Supplementary B1 to: On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time

by Corry Shores
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Climaxing Now

Edmund Husserl

On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time

B: Supplementary Texts


The Suspension of Objective Time, The Temporal Object, The Phenomenology of Objectivation and its Aporiae

No. 26

On the Hypothesis: That Perceptions Include the “Temporal Determination” Actually Now, Which, However, Continually Changes, and That Primary Memory Has the Significance of the Abiding of These Perceptions

Paragraph 181

But to perceive a continuously normally means that a endures and in this duration is present; that is, that a continuously appears as now, in the principal time-point, while at the same time earlier nows have remained in consciousness. The perception of a continues from time-point t: as long as the perception endures, a appears as existing in time t. Sometimes new perceptions, each with a new t and always the perception of the content a, continually attach themselves to the perception of a If these “t”s extend into the actually present now, into the remarkable point of climax of the temporal series, then we have an enduring perception that at the same time is the perception of duration. If that is not the case, if the “t”s extend merely from t0-t1 and not into the actually present now, we then have, on the basis of the abiding perceptions, an actually present consciousness of the just past enduring perception. (212c, emphasis mine)

Husserl, Edmund. On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time (1893-1917). Vol 4 of Edmund Husserl: Collected Works. Ed. Rudolf Bernet. Trans. John Barnett Brough. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1991.

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