Time in Cognitive Development

Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack

in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199298204
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728372 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Philosophy

Time in Cognitive Development

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This chapter deals with the development of temporal understanding, and in particular the question of when children can be said to be able to grasp temporal concepts such as “before” and “after”. It looks at the idea that the development of temporal understanding, and the emergence of a grasp of temporal concepts, is closely linked to developments in children's understanding of causal relationships. The chapter pays particular attention to the acquisition of a concept of a linear time series and also defends the idea that children first conceive of events without genuinely employing tenses.

Keywords: temporal understanding; children; causal relationships; temporal concepts; linear time series

Article.  11106 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Science ; Metaphysics

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