1st Edition

Philosophy of Time and Perceptual Experience

By Sean Enda Power Copyright 2018
    260 Pages
    by Routledge

    260 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the important yet neglected relationship between the philosophy of time and the temporal structure of perceptual experience. It examines how time structures perceptual experience and, through that structuring, the ways in which time makes perceptual experience trustworthy or erroneous.

    Sean Power argues that our understanding of time can determine our understanding of perceptual experience in relation to perceptual structure and perceptual error. He examines the general conditions under which an experience may be sorted into different kinds of error such as illusions, hallucinations, and anosognosia. Power also argues that some theories of time are better than others at giving an account of the structure and errors of perceptual experience. He makes the case that tenseless theory and eternalism more closely correspond to experience than tense theory and presentism. Finally, the book includes a discussion of the perceptual experience of space and how tenseless theory and eternalism can better support the problematic theory of naïve realism.

    Philosophy of Time and Perceptual Experience originally illustrates how the metaphysics of time can be usefully applied to thinking about experience in general. It will appeal to those interested in the philosophy of time and debates about the trustworthiness of experience.

    1. Introduction

    2. The Philosophy of Time

    3. The Structure of Perceptual Experience

    4. Erroneous Experience

    5. Choosing Erroneous Experience

    6. Spatial Relations to the Past

    7. The Perceptual Experience of Depth

    8. Distortions of Depth

    9. Temporal Experience

    10. Eliminating Hallucination

    11. Conclusion


    Sean Enda Power is Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin. He is the author of Philosophy of Time: A Contemporary Introduction (forthcoming, Routledge).