The Metaphysics of the 'Specious' Present

Erkenntnis 77 (1):121-132 (2012)
The doctrine of the specious present, that we perceive or, at least, seem to perceive a period of time is often taken to be an obvious claim about perception. Yet, it also seems just as commonly rejected as being incoherent. In this paper, following a distinction between three conceptions of the specious present, it is argued that the incoherence is due to hidden metaphysical assumptions about perception and time. It is argued that for those who do not hold such assumptions, so long as we are clear about what the doctrine is really saying, we can make perfect sense of the specious present doctrine.
Keywords The Specious Present  Perception of Time  Conceptions of the specious present  Perception of Change
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s10670-011-9287-x
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
Download options
PhilPapers Archive

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 23,664
External links
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

View all 32 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Add more citations

Similar books and articles
Jiri Benovsky (2013). The Present Vs. The Specious Present. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 4 (2):193-203.
Gustav Bergmann (1960). Duration and the Specious Present. Philosophy of Science 27 (January):39-47.
Gerald E. Myers (1971). William James on Time Perception. Philosophy of Science 38 (September):353-360.
Susan Pockett (2003). How Long is Now? Phenomenology and the Specious Present. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 2 (1):55-68.

Monthly downloads

Added to index


Total downloads

119 ( #36,899 of 1,902,890 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

12 ( #71,058 of 1,902,890 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature

Start a new thread
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.