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

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Abstract

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.

Keywords

Temporality Self-consciousness Phenomenology Nonconsciousness Sensation The “now” 

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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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