clarification of the nature of “now”

Due to the significance attrubuted to the perceptive act within the phenomenological project – “consciousness is nothing without an impression” (2) – the investigations will subsequently be circling around a clarification of the nature of this “now”. With Husserls own words, “all objectivation takes place in time-consciousness, and no clarification of the identity of an Object in time can be given without a clarification of the identity of temporal position.” (3) As opposed to the Aristotelian physics, and more in line with the Agustinian approach, the called for identity of the temporal position will henceforth (by art of memory as “retention”) be understood in terms of temporal extention, of duration. It will furthermore be of such a kind that it stands forth as a quality inherent in the percieved object itslef; or with Husserl, “duration is before us as a mode of objectivity”. (4) This means that even though the “now”, in one sense, is subordinated to the law of constant modification – known as the flux of time – it can also appear as objectively the same (due to the continuity of apprehension). (5)    

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