Saturday, 11 April 2015

John Panteleimon Manoussakis: On the Origin of Time: Phenomenology and St. Maximus the Confessor

In my presentation I would like to put forth a comparative reading of St. Maximus's original contributions to the philosophy of time and Husserl's lectures On the Phenomenology of the Consciousness of Internal Time. The comparison seems to me to suggest itself as both thinkers prescribed temporality to the very nature of the human being (to the logos of the human nature for Maximus; to consciousness for Husserl) and both traced the origin of time at the paradox that overcomes time while remaining the source of time (Husserl's Absolute Flow, Maximus's ever-moving repose). My task, therefore, will be to spell out the points of convergence between the two thinkers and the systems their represent (theology and phenomenology) and draw the implications that such convergence might have for each of them as well as for our understanding of being as time, especially in light of certain eschatological considerations.

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