Derrida on the Threshold of Sense by John Llewelyn

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His account of our anticipations of perception takes its cue from Hume's reference to the creation in 'imagination of an idea of a colour shade of which we have never had an impression. The idea of the future is formed by extrapolation from our idea of the past. As a corollary ofthis Brentano asserts that only the Now is real, other temporal predicates being non-real (irreale). Husserl's chief reason for rejecting Brentano's theory is that by restricting the perception of temporality to the boundary between the past and the future he renders himself incapable of accommodating the phenomenological difference between (re)presentation and 'presentification' (Vergegenwärtigung), that is, the representation of (re)presentation.

28 That ideal survey sub specie fEternitatis has therefore to be put off to infinity. We have to put up with the pro-vision al. Disappointed of presence in the present, Husserl postpones it. But his hankering after this summum verum derives from his will to obey wh at Derrida caBs the intuitionistic imperative of the principle of aB principles [VP 109 (97)]. We saw that in his statement of this principle he writes of 'an absolute beginning . foundations, a Transcendental Phenomenological Semiology 31 principium'.

28 That ideal survey sub specie fEternitatis has therefore to be put off to infinity. We have to put up with the pro-vision al. Disappointed of presence in the present, Husserl postpones it. But his hankering after this summum verum derives from his will to obey wh at Derrida caBs the intuitionistic imperative of the principle of aB principles [VP 109 (97)]. We saw that in his statement of this principle he writes of 'an absolute beginning . foundations, a Transcendental Phenomenological Semiology 31 principium'.

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