Time, or the mediation of the now: on Dan Zahavi’s “irrelational” account of self-temporalization

  • Matthew Coate


On Dan Zahavi’s Husserlian account of the subject, the self-temporalization of subjectivity presupposes what he calls an “immediate impressional self-manifestation.” It follows from this view that self-awareness is an inherent power of the one who will be subject, rather than a product of sociality introduced into life from without. In this paper, I argue against Zahavi’s position by going over the development of Husserl’s account of time-consciousness, examining the positions Husserl takes and the reasons that he comes to these positions. Once we reach Husserl’s ultimate account, it becomes evident that Zahavi’s position is untenable.


Temporality Self-consciousness Phenomenology Nonconsciousness Sensation The “now” 



Funding was provided by the Max Kade Foundation.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyKent State UniversityKentUSA

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