Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Primacy of Metaphysics$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Christopher Peacocke

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780198835578

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198835578.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use.date: 25 January 2022

Time and Temporal Content

Time and Temporal Content

Chapter:
(p.72) 3 Time and Temporal Content
Source:
The Primacy of Metaphysics
Author(s):

Christopher Peacocke

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198835578.003.0003

This chapter presents a metaphysics-first treatment of time and temporal concepts and language, opposed to all forms of subjectivism about time. It defends phenomenal externalism about time, and also aims to explain away temptations to subjectivism about time. It argues that we cannot explain the distinction between mere sensitivity to time and representation of time in terms of perceptual constancies. Nor can we explain it in terms of mere sensitivity to time that is coordinated with other genuinely representational states and capacities. A different theory of the distinction is developed, labelled representational preservation, which has to do with the preservation and updating of representations over time. An account of three different kinds of present-tense content in experience is developed. The correct characterization of the kinds can explain away some metaphysical illusions about time and the experience of temporal passage.

Keywords:   phenomenal externalism, William James, specious present, representation of time, sensitivity, representational preservation, present tense, Immanuel Kant

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .