The experience of temporal passage

Auteur Akiko FRISCHHUT
Directeur /trice Prof. Fabride Correia
Co-directeur(s) /trice(s) Prof. Fiona Macpherson
Résumé de la thèse

My thesis challenges the intuitive and widely accepted claim that, in experience, we are immediately aware of temporal passage. The thesis is divided into three parts. Part one shows that the notion of temporal passage is coherent, if we understand it as a unique kind of change that I call 'temporal becoming'. Temporal becoming, so I argue, can only be accommodated by presentism, formulated in the correct way. Part two shows that presentism, as I define it, is incompatible with a certain theory of temporal perception ('ExT'). This proves to be a problem for the claim that we can be immediately aware of passage. Part three looks to reconciliate presentism and ExT in a novel way by exploring the possibility of a temporally extended present. Two alternatives are analysed. While at least one of the options might be coherent, it would still not give us immediate awareness of passage.

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