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A Brief History of Time Consciousness: Historical Precursors to James and Husserl

Andersen, Holly and Grush, Rick (2009) A Brief History of Time Consciousness: Historical Precursors to James and Husserl. Journal of the History of Philosophy, 47 (2). pp. 277-307. ISSN

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Abstract

William James’ Principles of Psychology, in which he made famous the ‘specious present’ doctrine of temporal experience, and Edmund Husserl’s Zur Phänomenologie des inneren Zeitbewusstseins, were giant strides in the philosophical investigation of the temporality of experience. However, an important set of precursors to these works has not been adequately investigated. In this article, we undertake this investigation. Beginning with Reid’s essay ‘Memory’ in Essays on the Intellectual Powers of Man, we trace out a line of development of ideas about the temporality of experience that runs through Dugald Stewart, Thomas Brown, William Hamilton, and finally the work of Shadworth Hodgson and Robert Kelly, both of whom were immediate influences on James (though James pseudonymously cites the latter as ‘E.R. Clay’). Furthermore, we argue that Hodgson, especially his Metaphysic of Experience (1898), was a significant influence on Husserl.


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Item Type: Published Article or Volume
Creators:
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Andersen, Hollyholly_andersen@sfu.ca
Grush, Rick
Keywords: time consciousness; temporal experience; James; Husserl; specious present; Reid; Hamilton; Hodgson.
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Depositing User: Dr. Holly Andersen
Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2014 13:32
Last Modified: 20 Jun 2017 20:16
Item ID: 10720
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the History of Philosophy
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Official URL: http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/hph/summary/v047/47.2...
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1353/hph.0.0118
Subjects: Specific Sciences > Cognitive Science
General Issues > History of Philosophy of Science
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Psychology/Psychiatry
Date: 4 April 2009
Page Range: pp. 277-307
Volume: 47
Number: 2
ISSN:
URI: http://philsci-archive.pitt.edu/id/eprint/10720

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