Noûs 47 (1):69-84 (2013)

Authors
Simon Prosser
University of St. Andrews
Abstract
The nature of experience has been held to be a major reason for accepting the A-theory of time. I argue, however, that experience does not favour the A-theory over the B-theory; and that even if the A-theory were true it would not be possible to perceive the passage of time. The main argument for this draws on the constraint that a satisfactory theory of perception must explain why phenomenal characters map uniquely onto perceived worldly features. Thus, if passage is perceived, it must be explained what makes one phenomenal character rather than another a perception of passage; and it must also be explained why that phenomenal character is a perception of passage rather than of some other feature of the world. I argue that no such explanation can be given, and consequently that passage cannot be perceived. I conclude that the A-theory is rendered unintelligible, and should therefore be rejected.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2010.00816.x
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Review of P Sychosemantics: The Problem of Meaning In the Philosophy of Mind.Jay L. Garfield - 1991 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 51 (1):235-240.
The Representational Character of Experience.David J. Chalmers - 2004 - In Brian Leiter (ed.), The Future for Philosophy. Oxford University Press. pp. 153--181.

View all 42 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Why Does Time Seem to Pass?Simon Prosser - 2012 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):92-116.
Experimental Philosophy on Time.James Norton - 2021 - Philosophy Compass (11).
Explaining Temporal Qualia.Matt Farr - 2020 - European Journal for Philosophy of Science 10 (1):1-24.

View all 22 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Why Does Time Seem to Pass?Simon Prosser - 2012 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 85 (1):92-116.
Four-Dimensional Time in Dzogchen and Heidegger.Zhihua Yao - 2007 - Philosophy East and West 57 (4):512-532.
The Flow of Time.Huw Price - 2009 - In Craig Callender (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time. Oxford University Press.
On Language and the Passage of Time.Ned Markosian - 1992 - Philosophical Studies 66 (1):1 - 26.
The Rate of Time's Passage.Eric T. Olson - 2009 - Analysis 69 (1):3-9.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2010-04-17

Total views
830 ( #7,461 of 2,462,741 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
22 ( #36,806 of 2,462,741 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes