Temporality of the Future: Part of a Series on Cryptophilosophy
Husserl’s Internal Time Consciousness is a theory of the structure of time and the present-now moment, and distinguishes two kinds of memory, primary memory as retention and secondary memory as recollection (reproductive, representational) memory. Retention does not break continuity with the present-now moment; retention is the part of a temporal object that contemplates its pastness and allows the present to emerge from the temporal background. Recollection does break continuity with the present; the current moment is interrupted to recall and re-represent a past memory. Recollection and expectation are piled up snapshots of discrete past moments or events. When recollected, they are reproduced in flow, but exist unsummoned as discrete elements. The structure of the present-now moment, on the other hand, is a continuous flow of the intentional unity of primal impression and retention-protention. How far the retention-protention horizon extends is unclear. It might only encompass the most immediate recent-pasts and near-futures surrounding the primal impression of the present-now moment, or it might extend to include all previous and future experiences in the realms of recollection and expectation. This talk posits that there might be a middle third form of time that exists respectively between recollection and retention and protention and expectation. Whereas protention and retention are continuous, and recollection and expectation are discrete, this middle form of time (X-tention) is simultaneously discrete and continuous.