Review of 'the images of time. An essay on temporal representation' by Robin le poidevin [Book Review]
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
We experience time in different ways, and we construct different kinds of representation of time. What kinds of representation are there and how do they work? In particular, how do we integrate temporal features of the world into our understanding of the mechanisms underlying representations in the media of perception, memory, art, and narrative? Le Poidevin’s well written and carefully argued book is an exploration of these questions. Although interesting in its own right, Le Poidevin pursues this question as a means of exploring another pressing issue, namely the metaphysics of time. The central posit of the book is that we can learn a lot about time from ordinary representations of time, and accordingly the book is an exploration of what representations of time can tell us about the metaphysical structure of time itself. This viewpoint is justified by the adoption of a causal theory of representation, the claim that representations are causally linked to what they represent and that this is what determines both their content and their epistemic status. The central metaphysical concern of the book is the reality of the passage of time. Does time in reality pass, and can events therefore be located in the past, present, or future, or does time not pass and nothing in reality changes its position in time? In McTaggart’s terms, this is the distinction between the A-theory and the B- theory of time.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Douglas Kutach (2013). Time Travel and Time Machines. In Adrian Bardon & Heather Dyke (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Time. Blackwell
Arun Kumar Pokhrel (2009). Representations of Time and Memory in Holocaust Literature. Journal of Philosophy: A Cross-Disciplinary Inquiry 4 (8):27-37.
Michael G. F. Martin (2001). Out of the Past: Episodic Recall as Retained Acquaintance. In Christoph Hoerl & Teresa McCormack (eds.), Time and Memory. Oxford University Press 257--284.
Robin Le Poidevin (2003). Travels in Four Dimensions: The Enigmas of Space and Time. Oxford University Press.
Ian B. Phillips (2009). Robin le Poidevin the Images of Time: An Essay on Temporal Representation. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 60 (2):439-446.
Robin Le Poidevin (ed.) (1998). Questions of Time and Tense. Oxford University Press.
Christoph Hoerl (2009). Review: The Images of Time: An Essay on Temporal Representation, by Robin Le Poidevin. [REVIEW] Mind 118 (470):485-489.
Robin Le Poidevin (1999). Egocentric and Objective Time. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 99:19 - 36.
Robin Le Poidevin (2007). The Images of Time: An Essay on Temporal Representation. Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads50 ( #84,997 of 1,907,384 )
Recent downloads (6 months)5 ( #160,519 of 1,907,384 )
How can I increase my downloads?