International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy

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Conversation with Husserl and Fink, 22/9/31

Dorion Cairns

pp. 34-36


Husserl said he had been working yesterday and this morning on the nature of the Zeitigung 〈temporalization〉 of the ego. Each ego constitutes itself a private time as its own structure. Here, as everywhere, the particulars precede the Ganzheit 〈entirety, whole〉. (Another example is the precedence of the visual data over the visual field.) Beyond the private times which are the forms of each ego for itself, there is not only the time of the intersubjective natural world (wherein the egos, as psychological-human, are ordered by their physiological correlates) but also an intersubjective, psychological time, independent of natural time, though in Deckung 〈coincidence, overlapping〉 with it. Fink suggested that the generalization, each totality presupposes its individuals, was open to misunderstanding, unless one said beforehand that two constitutive strata were here involved.

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Cairns Dorion (1976). Conversations with Husserl and Fink, Nijhoff, Den Haag.

Pages: 34-36

DOI: 10.1007/978-94-015-6890-6_21

Full citation:

Cairns Dorion (1976). Conversation with Husserl and Fink, 22/9/31, in Conversations with Husserl and Fink, Den Haag, Nijhoff, pp. 34-36.