Genesis, Habituality, Type

Mitchell Atkinson

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It was clear, by the end of Chap. 2, that static methods would not be enough. Here, I introduce genetic phenomenology, and I develop the concept of recoil at greater length. I show that understanding temporalizing consciousness is key to understanding habit as motivated association. I reference Lanei Rodemeyer heavily here. I discuss how recoil works to block the protention of typically mediated aspects of typified objects, so that for an object of the type “woman,” we may not expect to find the aspect “doctor” associated; for an object of the type “Flint resident,” we may not expect to find the aspect “wealthy” associated, and so on. I clarify the relationship between recoil and affectivity, discuss empathy, and emphasize the distinction between recoil, repression and dissociation. Recoil is not a psychoanalytic concept.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationContributions To Phenomenology
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2023

Publication series

NameContributions To Phenomenology
ISSN (Print)0923-9545
ISSN (Electronic)2215-1915


  • Dissociation
  • Flint
  • Protention
  • Recoil
  • Repression
  • Rodemeyer
  • Temporalizing consciousness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • History and Philosophy of Science


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