Person – Subject – Organism- An Overview of Interdisciplinary Insights
Recollection, Perceptual Phantasy, and Memorials: A Husserlian Proposal
Javier Enrique Carreño
Throughout Edmund Husserl’s writings on phantasy, memory, and image-consciousness one can find a close link between recollection and images, not only because for a time Husserl thought that every awareness of the past had an imagistic structure, but also because he repeatedly found images capable of conveying time and, especially, a past time. One would have expected Husserl to abandon the thesis of the past in images the moment he realizes that the hard core of recollection is not imagistic. But the opposite is the case. As Husserl arrives at a non-imagistic understanding of memory, he also develops a non-depictive account of images in terms of perceptual phantasy, together with a finer articulation of how images present us with the past. In this essay I show how Husserl’s investigations into recollection and image consciousness enable us to speak of memorials, that is, images which not only prompt remembrance but which in point of fact reconnect a community with its past and with its destiny.
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