The Future Perfect: Temporality and Priority in Husserl, Heidegger and Dilthey

  • David Carr
Part of the Phaenomenologica book series (PHAE, volume 106)


If we take the term ‘phenomenological’ in its broadest sense, we can say that Husserl’s, Heidegger’s and Dilthey’s reflections on time and temporality are all phenomenological. The use of the term is legitimate in the historical sense even for Dilthey, since he was already under the influence of Husserl’s Logical Investigations 1 when he wrote the Aufbau der geschichtlichen Welt in den Geisteswissenschaften in the years 1905 to 1910, a text which contains some of his most interesting and sustained reflections on the temporal character of experience.2 Husserl’s lectures on internal time-consciousness, of course, were composed in this same period.3 And when Heidegger developed his own theory of temporality in Being and Time, in the 1920’s, he was very much under the influence of these two predessors.4


Philosophical Tradition Secondary Memory Temporal Character Temporal Interpretation Husserlian Phenomenology 
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  1. 2.
    See vol. VII of Dilthey’s Gesammelte Schriften (ed. B. Groethuysen, 5th ed., Stuttgart, B. Teubner, 1986 ). I refer hereafter to Dilthey, Selected Writings ed. and trans. H.P. Rickman (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 1976), abbreviated as ‘Rickman’, which contains selections from the Aufbau, though the translations are largely my own. In preparing this paper I was not able to consult the new vol. XIX of the Gesammelte Schriften, which contains relevant materials.Google Scholar
  2. 3.
    See Husserliana vol. X, Zur Phänomenologie des inneren Zeitbewusstseins ed. R. Boehm (The Hague, M. Nijhoff 1966). The English translation is by J.S. Churchill The Phenomenology of Internal Time-Consciousness (Bloomington, Indiana University Press, 1964 ). I refer to paragraph numbers instead of pages.Google Scholar
  3. 5.
    This distinction was made by J. McTaggart in The Nature of Existence, vol. II, ed. C.D. Broad, Cambridge, 1927.Google Scholar
  4. 18.
    A. Schutz, The Phenomenology of the Social World, trans. G. Walsh and F. Lehnert ( Evanston, Northwestern University Press, 1967 ) p. 61.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • David Carr
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of OttawaCanada

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