Abstract: The projection operator techniques of Zwanzig and Mori are used to obtain a generalized Langevin equation describing the time evolution of the fluctuation of the microscopic phase density _g(x_,p_,t)_g(x_,p_,t)-_g(x_,p_,t)_for a classical many-particle system. This equation is then used to develop an exact kinetic equation for the time-correlation function _g(x_,p_,0)_g(x__,p__,t) [which is the generalization of the Van Hove time-dependent pair correlation function G(r_,t)]. In the lowest order of approximation, this kinetic description reduces to the Vlasov-like equation which has been used to study neutron scattering from liquids. A less restrictive approximation is obtained by utilizing weak-coupling perturbation theory to yield a generalized Fokker-Planck equation for the time-correlation function. Other possible approximation schemes are also discussed.