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Dr. Louis N. Sandowsky



Time and the Constitution of the Self





Course Schedule



Seminars on Edmund Husserl’s:

Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time



Week 1:           Introduction: Time and Eternity. Heraclitus and Parmenides – The temporal versus the a temporal.


Week 2:           Aristotle and St. Augustine – The extendedness of time and its relation to problematical discourse on the non-extension of

the now.

Reading: Book 11 of St. Augustine’s Confessions.


Week 3:           The Cartesian Cogito and the presupposition of the Ego. David Hume’s analysis of the continuity of experience – the

unresolved issues. The necessity of shifting to a pre-egological orientation on the constitution of the temporal extendedness of consciousness.

Reading: Descartes’s Meditations and Hume’s “Of Personal Identity” (A Treatise of Human Nature).


Week 4:           Introduction to Husserl’s lectures On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time [PCIT]. The primary questions

and the delineation of the horizon of phenomenological discourse on temporality.

Reading: PCIT – pp.1-20 – The Suspension of Objective Time.


Week 5:           Reading: PCIT – pp. 21-49 – Retention.


Week 6:           Reading: PCIT – pp. 49-75 – Reproduction, Primal Impression, and Protention.


Week 7:           Reading: PCIT – pp. 77-103 – Primordial Flux.


Week 8:           Reading: PCIT – Appendices.


Week 9:           Summary and intro to later phenomenological and existential thought on temporality (Heidegger, Sartre, Merleau-Ponty).

Reading: Lecture Paper.


Week 10:         Sartre’s existential discourse on the Self / Ego and its relation to that which is disclosed by Husserl’s phenomenology.

Reading: Extracts from Sartre’s text, The Transcendence of the Ego and Husserl’s Cartesian Meditations.


Week 11:         The Self as a unity of a life-history. Husserl’s discourse on oneself as a community that is stretched out through time – including some contemporary analytical forms of approach to this theme.

Reading: Extracts from Husserl’s Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology.


Week 12:         The deconstruction of Western discourse on time and self-presence: non-linear forms of temporality (Derrida).

Reading: Lecture Paper.








Saint Augustine

Confessions. Trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin. Penguin.


Cairns, Dorion

Guide for Translating Husserl. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff. 1973.


Derrida, Jacques

Edmund Husserl's "Origin of Geometry": An Introduction by Jacques Derrida. Translated with a preface and afterword by John Leavey, Jr. University of Nebraska Press. 1989. Copyright 1962 by the Presses Universitaires de France.

Margins of Philosophy. Trans. Alan Bass. The Harvester Press. 1982. Marges de la Philosophie. Paris: Les Editions de Minuit. 1972.


Heidegger, Martin

The Basic Problems of Phenomenology. Trans. Albert Hofstadter. Indiana University Press. 1982. [Based on the lectures of 1927]. Die Grundprobleme der Phänomenologie. Edited by Friedrich-Wilhelm von Herrmann. Frankfurt: Vittorio Klostermann. 1975.

Being and Time. Trans. J. Macquarrie and E. Robinson (7th edition). Blackwell. 1962. Sein und Zeit Tubingen: Max Niemeyer. 1927.

The Concept of Time. Trans. William McNeill. Blackwell. 1992. [Based on the lecture given in 1924].

History of the Concept of Time. Trans. Theodore Kisiel. [Lectures of 1925] Indiana University Press.

On Time and Being. Trans. Joan Stambaugh. Harper Torchbooks. 1972.


Hume, David

A Treatise of Human Nature. Analytical index by L.A. Selby-Bigge. Second Edition with text revised and notes by P.H. Nidditch. Oxford University Press.


Husserl, Edmund

Cartesian Meditations. Trans. Dorion Cairns. Martinus Nijhoff. 1960. [Original German text – 1929]. Husserliana I [Hua]: Cartesianische Meditationen und Parisier Vortrage. Edited by S. Strasser. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1963. 2nd ed.

The Crisis of European Sciences and Transcendental Phenomenology. Trans. David Carr. Northwestern University Press. Hua VI: Die Krisis der Europäischen Wissenschaften und die Transzendentale Phänomenologie. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1962.

Experience and Judgement: Investigations in a Genealogical Logic. Revised and edited by Ludwig Landgrebe. Trans. James S. Churchill and Karl Ameriks. Introduced by J. S. Churchill and Lothar Eley. Northwestern University Press. 1973. – Erfahrung und Urteil. Edited by Ludwig Landgrebe. Hamburg: Classen. 1938.

Husserl: Shorter Works. Edited by Peter McCormick and Frederick Elliston. Foreword by Walter Biemel. Copublished by University of Notre Dame Press and The Harvester Press.

On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time. Translated by John Barnett Brough. Kluwer Academic Publishers. 1991. Hua X: Zur Phänomenologie des inneren Zeitbewusstseins (1893-1917). Edited by Rudolph Boehm. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1966. See also: The Phenomenology of Internal Time Consciousness. Edited by Martin Heidegger. Trans. J.S. Churchill. Indiana University Press. 1964. [Lectures of 1905-1910].


Kant, Immanuel

Critique of Pure Reason. Trans. Norman Kemp Smith. 1929 Macmillan. [Original German text – 1787].


Merleau-Ponty, Maurice

Phenomenology of Perception. Trans. Colin Smith. R.K.P. 1962.


Sartre, Jean-Paul

Being and Nothingness. Trans. Hazel E. Barnes. Methuen. 1958. [Original French text 1943].

The Transcendence of the Ego. Trans. Forrest Williams and Robert Kirkpatrick. Octagon. 1972. [Original French text, 1936-7].


Wood, David

The Deconstruction of Time. Humanities Press. 1989.

Derrida: A Critical Reader. Edited by David Wood. Blackwell. 1992.