Memory in the Ontopoesis of Life

Book Two. Memory in the Orbit of the Human Creative Existence

  • A-T. Tymieniecka

Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 102)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-IX
  2. Inaugural Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. A-T. Tymieniecka
      Pages 5-11
  3. Topical Study

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 13-13
  4. The Self in Creative Memory

  5. Ciphering Remembrance: Signs, Symbols, Spirit

  6. Memory’s Network of the Human Horizons

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 227-227
    2. Konrad Rokstad
      Pages 231-250
    3. Vasiliy Nilipovskiy
      Pages 271-275
  7. Memory in the Communal Ciphering of Life

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 355-357

About this book


In the temporal becoming of individualizing life the actual present passes into past and comes to be reflected and recaptured in memory. While the vital logos of beingness recollects for its constitutive use (employment) fragments from memory ‘s magazine, ensuring constructive continuity in accordance with its genetic patterns, the creative logos of the human mind also is indebted in contrast to the work of memory in creative imagination for the essential role it plays in the selective transformation, invention, projection that informs the felt and intelligible logos of human selfhood, personality, meaning, fullness, destiny... within the human community and the world of life.

As fragmentary and seemingly disjointed as it is in relation to concrete subjective experience, memory as it surges from the past into the actual present, even though subject to transformation, maintains an essential link to constituting reality, yes, but more importantly outlines the future. The creative imagination of the logos of human mind projects horizons for the vertiginous past. An encircling continuity of sense then embraces the earliest evolution of humankind, on the one extreme, and the fulgurations of the sacral logos, on the other. Hence we may consider memory as sustaining the sensing the logos of the human orbit with its horizons. In its innumerably differentiated role we may find its unifying stream only upon the primogenital – ontopoietic – platform of the logos of life.


Edmund Husserl biology creative memory evolution imagination memorizing ontogenesis phenomenology

Editors and affiliations

  • A-T. Tymieniecka
    • 1
  1. 1.The World Institute for Advanced Phenomenological Research and LearningHanoverUSA

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