Proceedings of the American Catholic Philosophical Association 78:247-262 (2004)
This essay contests the standard historical comparison that links Husserl’s account of time-consciousness to the tradition by way of Book XI of Augustine ’sConfessions. This comparison rests on the mistaken assumption that both thinkers attribute the soul’s distention and corresponding apprehension of time to memory. While true for Augustine and Husserl’s 1905 lectures on time, Husserl concluded after 1907 that these lectures advanced the flawed and counter-intuitive position that memory extends perception. I will trace the shortcomings of Augustine ’s and Husserl’s conflation of memory with perception. After developing Husserl’s maturely articulated distinction between memory and retention from 1911, I suggest chapters 10–14 of Aristotle’s Physics IV as a more apt anticipation of this second, more adequate half of the Husserlian story. A reconstruction of Aristotle’s definition of time as “the number of movement,” one that privileges the activity of “the mind pronouncing that the ‘nows’ are two,” intimates Husserl’s distinction between memory and retention. For Aristotle, the soul’s recognition of the ‘nows’ as two depends not on memory, but on the soul’s intentional activity of counting, itself dependent on the ability to, as Aristotle writes in his Metaphysics, “grasp mentally and [have] already grasped” at the same time
|Keywords||Catholic Tradition Conference Proceedings History of Philosophy Philosophy and Religion|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
On a Common and Unmooted (Neo-)Platonic Source for the Husserlian and Augustinian Conceptions of Memory: A Response to Michael R. Kelly.Roger Wasserman - 2008 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 82 (2):293-315.
The Consciousness of Succession.Michael R. Kelly - 2009 - American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 83 (1):127-139.
Husserl, Deleuzean Bergsonism and the Sense of the Past in General.Michael R. Kelly - 2008 - Husserl Studies 24 (1):15-30.
Re-Membering.Stephen David Ross - 2010 - International Studies in Philosophy Monograph Series:43-59.
Time and Memory: Issues in Philosophy and Psychology.Christoph Hoerl & Teresa McCormack (eds.) - 2001 - Oxford University Press.
Perception of Duration Presupposes Duration of Perception - or Does It? Husserl and Dainton on Time.Dan Zahavi - 2007 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 15 (3):453-471.
Souls and the Location of Time in Physics IV 14, 223a16–223a29.Tim Loughlin - 2011 - Apeiron 4 (4):307-325.
Out of the Past: Episodic Recall as Retained Acquaintance.Michael G. F. Martin - 2001 - In Christoph Hoerl & Teresa McCormack (eds.), Time and Memory. Oxford University Press. pp. 257--284.
An Absence That Counts in the World: Merleau-Ponty’s Later Philosophy of Time in Light of Bernet’s 'Einleitung'.Alia Al-Saji - 2009 - Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology 40 (2):207-227.
Representations of Time and Memory in Holocaust Literature.Arun Kumar Pokhrel - 2009 - Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 4 (8):27-37.
Objective Time and the Experience of Time: Husserl's Theory of Time in Light of Some Theses of A. Einstein's Special Theory of Relativity.Pedro M. S. Alves - 2008 - Husserl Studies 24 (3):205-229.
Husserl and Freud: Time, Memory and the Unconscious.Aaron L. Mishara - 1990 - Husserl Studies 7 (1):29-58.
Added to index2011-12-01
Total downloads49 ( #103,915 of 2,153,783 )
Recent downloads (6 months)10 ( #67,202 of 2,153,783 )
How can I increase my downloads?