chapter  14
The instant
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We have seen that an evaluation appears as contingent and gratuitous. In a way this is natural, yet in another it seems to demand some explanation. Phenomenology sees significant reality as human reality, a world for me, in which the intentional structure of my experience is constituted instantaneously, not built up piecemeal. We can analyse experience as we would dismantle a machine, but experiencing is not analogous to assembling component parts.1 We immediately apprehend reality, or any object in it, in terms of a horizon of other objects, including experiences, memories and feelings, which sustain the object and are sustained by it. There is no strictly meaningless reality such as would correspond to a chaos of perceptions or a completely isolated sensation.