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Studia Phaenomenologica

Volume 6, 2006

A Century with Levinas

Rolf Kühn
Pages 371-390

Die Zeitkritik bei Michel Henry und ihre Konsequenzen für das Verständnis von Welt und Christentum

According to Henry, in Husserl’s analysis of time the retentional intentionality of the “now” implies that you cannot have the sensation of its pure reality. This inner-phenomenological criticism can be generally transferred to the relationship between time and life, since temporality, as the most inner structure of the world of becoming-outsideitself, does not allow any affective self-appearance of life. Finally, this aspect has critical consequences for the existential structure of care, which must be suspended as “transcendental illusion” of the ego, in order to do justice to the immediacy of an immemorial birth in life.