chapter  2
The self: unity and fragmentation
Pages 52

On my reading of Augustine’s treatment of time, his central concern was to repudiate the idea that it is only incidentally related to consciousness. Unless they are interconnected, he thought, it is impossible to understand what it is for consciousness to be in time —impossible to experience being in time as anything but fragmentation of selfhood and loss of the past. For Augustine, it is because time is constituted by a stretching out of consciousness that it can be lived as something more than fragmentation and loss. The divine mind, living in an eternal present, is the model for a much desired self-presence in the midst of time.