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The Yearbook on History and Interpretation of Phenomenology 2013

Person – Subject – Organism- An Overview of Interdisciplinary Insights


Edited By Anton Vydra

The main topic of the volume encompasses three areas of phenomenological research: person, subject, and organism. These three topics are interrelated in various ways. On the one hand, the question is Husserlian phenomenology of personhood and subjectivity, and on the other hand, it is a broader problem including epistemological, ontological and biological approaches. Those great traditional and contemporary themes of subjectivitiy and intersubjectivity, concepts of person, community and interpersonality, questions of humanity, value and biological status of human beings all became part of Edmund Husserl’s focus. The contributors intend to show that a number of inspiring and unexplored questions arose from these thematic areas, questions which are related to various specific and interconnected fields of study.
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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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