1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience

Edited By Ian Phillips Copyright 2017
    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    384 Pages
    by Routledge

    Experience is inescapably temporal. But how do we experience time? Temporal experience is a fundamental subject in philosophy – according to Husserl, the most important and difficult of all. Its puzzles and paradoxes were of critical interest from the Early Moderns through to the Post-Kantians. After a period of relative neglect, temporal experience is again at the forefront of debates across a wealth of areas, from philosophy of mind and psychology, to metaphysics and aesthetics.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience is an outstanding reference source to the key debates in this exciting subject area and represents the first collection of its kind. Comprising nearly 30 chapters by a team of international contributors, the Handbook is organized into seven clear parts:

    • Ancient and early modern perspectives
    • Nineteenth and early twentieth-century perspectives
    • The structure of temporal experience
    • Temporal experience and the philosophy of mind
    • Temporal experience and metaphysics
    • Empirical perspectives
    • Aesthetics

    Within each part, key topics concerning temporal experience are examined, including canonical figures such as Locke, Kant and Husserl; extensionalism, retentionalism and the specious present; interrelations between temporal experience and time, agency, dreaming, and the self; empirical theories of perceiving and attending to time; and temporal awareness in the arts including dance, music and film.

    The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Temporal Experience is essential reading for students and researchers of philosophy of mind and psychology. It is also extremely useful for those in related fields such as metaphysics, phenomenology and aesthetics, as well as for psychologists and cognitive neuroscientists.

    Introduction: The significance of temporal experience Ian Phillips


    Part 1: Ancient and Early Modern Perspectives

    1. How natural is a unified notion of time? Temporal Experience in early Greek Thought Barbara Sattler

    2. Time and temporal experience in the seventeenth century Geoffrey Gorham

    3. Hume on temporal experience Lorne Falkenstein

    4. Temporal experience in Kant’s Critique Of Pure Reason Katherine Dunlop


    Part 2: Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century Perspectives

    5. The Hodgsonian account of temporal experience Holly Andersen

    6. The wonder of time-consciousness John B. Brough

    7. Bergson on temporal experience and Durée Réelle Barry Dainton

    8. William Stern’s Psychische Präsenzzeit Barry Dainton


    Part 3: The Structure of Temporal Experience

    9. The snapshot conception of temporal experiences Philippe Chuard

    10. Atomism, Extensionalism, and Temporal Presence Oliver Rashbrook-Cooper

    11. Rethinking the specious present Simon Prosser

    12. Making sense of subjective time Geoffrey Lee


    Part 4: Temporal Experience and the Philosophy of Mind

    13. Temporal experience and the philosophy of perception Christoph Hoerl

    14. Time in the dream Thomas Crowther and Matthew Soteriou

    15. Time perception and agency: a dual model Carlos Montemayor

    16. Temporal perception, magnitudes, and phenomenal externalism Christopher Peacocke


    Part 5: Temporal Experience and Metaphysics

    17. What is time? Michael Pelczar

    18. Temporal experience and the A versus B debate Natalja Deng

    19. Presentism and temporal experience Akiko Frischhut

    20. The subjectively enduring self L. A. Paul


    Part 6: Empirical Perspectives

    21. Perceiving visual time Alan Johnston

    22. How we "use" time Mari Riess Jones

    23. Attentional resources and the shaping of temporal experience Scott W. Brown


    Part 7: Temporal Experience and Aesthetics

    24. Motion and the Futurists: capturing the dynamic sensation Robin Le Poidevin

    25. On time in cinema Enrico Terrone

    26. Dancing in time Aili Bresnahan

    27. Music Andrew Kania.



    Ian Phillips is Associate Professor and Gabriele Taylor Fellow at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University, UK, and a Visiting Research Scholar in the Program in Cognitive Science at Princeton University, USA. He is also an Editor for Mind & Language and a Consulting Editor for Timing & Time Perception.

    "Recent philosophy of mind and consciousness has tended to ignore the experience of time - yet few facts about our experience can be more obvious than the fact that it is temporal through and through. This exciting and original new collection, with its impressive contributors, should go a long way towards redirecting the discussion in this central area of the philosophy of mind." - Tim Crane, University of Cambridge, UK

    "If time and experience are a mystery then what chance is there for us to understand temporal experience? This volume certainly raises the chances. The editor's introduction is a fine a map through the territory, there is – finally - a lot on temporal experience and the arts, and we see philosophy and the sciences of mind come together in a convincing engagement across the disciplines. If, like me, you despaired of scaling the walls of fortress temporal experience, this is the book for you." - Greg Currie, University of York, UK