ISBN : 9780198822622
Our engagement with time is a ubiquitous feature of our lives. We are aware of time on many scales, from the briefest flicker of change to the way our lives unfold over many years. But to what extent does this encounter reveal the true nature of temporal reality? To the extent that temporal reality is as it seems, how do we come to be aware of it? And to the extent that temporal reality is not as it seems, why does it seem that way? These are the central questions addressed by Simon Prosser in Experiencing Time. He defends the B-theory of time, according to which the apparently dynamic quality of change, the special status of the present, and even the passage of time are all illusions. Prosser goes on to explore solutions to certain puzzles raised by experiences of temporal features such as changes, rates, and durations, and in doing so sheds light on broader issues in the philosophy of mind.
1 Introduction: The Metaphysics of Time
2 Experience and the Passage of Time
3 Attitudes to the Past, Present, and Future
4 Experiencing Rates and Durations
5 Is Experience Temporally Extended?
6 Why Does Change Seem Dynamic?
7 Moving Through Time, and the Open Future