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Alef, Mem, TauKabbalistic Musings on Time, Truth, and Death$
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Elliot Wolfson

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780520246195

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520246195.001.0001

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Thinking Time/hermeneutic Suppositions

Thinking Time/hermeneutic Suppositions

(p.1) 1 Thinking Time/hermeneutic Suppositions
Alef, Mem, Tau

Elliot R. Wolfson

University of California Press

The phenomenological consideration of time has as its focus the “intersection of time and human experience, where time is human and human experience is temporal.” This orientation is rooted in Plotinus, whose meditations on time focus on two presuppositions. First, an elaboration of the Platonic conjecture that time is the “moving image of eternity” and, second, a rejection of Aristotle's demarcation of time as the measure of the motion of bodies with respect to a “before” and an “after.” Time, in its phenomenological comportment as immanent temporality, serves as the bridge that links the two aspects of the Lebenswelt, the egoic stratum of intentionality and the hyletic stratum of the universe, without reducing one to the other. The possibility of representation is dependent on the living presence of the time of the present, but this presence embraces the past as a presence no longer present, a presence retained as the absence recollected in the present time projected into the future.

Keywords:   motion of bodies, stasis and motion, phenomenal unity, flow of consciousness, time-consciousness

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