JBSP Online: Daniel Neumann on time, the future, and ‘empty teleology’

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Now online, a new article for the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology by Daniel Neumann (University of Klagenfurt).

Daniel Neumann – “How Does the Future Appear in Spite of the Present? Towards an “Empty Teleology” of Time”: JBSP (Originally published online: 29 August 2022).

Abstract: This article takes a phenomenological approach to thinking about ways in which the future comes to pass without being derived from the present, i.e. without being based on our current and past objective engagements. In the first part, I look at Husserl’s idea of “protention” in order to discuss how phenomenology has conceptualized the indeterminacy of the present moment. In the second part, the Heideggerian notion of “projection” is discussed as a modification of protention. In the third part, I argue for an empty teleology of time in which our temporal engagement in the world is distinguished from our existential concern with temporal things. The basic idea of the paper is that for the future to arrive “as future” (instead of as another present), it has to happen in spite of the present, i.e. in spite of the interested stance that defines our present engagement in the world.

Full article: https://doi.org/10.1080/00071773.2022.2115934

Daniel Neumann, Department of Philosophy, University of Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria

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