Temporal Experience

Jenann Ismael

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

Temporal Experience

More Like This

Show all results sharing these subjects:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Science


Show Summary Details


This chapter begins its analysis with a careful look at the specious present and then surveys many of the psychological temporal structures that arise in creatures like us. It also examines memory, anticipation, and the building up of our experience through time, focusing especially on the contrast between time from an “embedded” perspective and time from an external perspective. The chapter ends with some suggestions for how this work may link to one's conception of the self and also the metaphysics of time. In particular, it claims that the apparent fixity of the past emerges from the adoption of the “embedded” perspective it describes.

Keywords: specious present; psychological temporal structures; memory; anticipation; embedded perspective

Article.  12277 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Mind ; Metaphysics ; Philosophy of Science

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Buy this work at Oxford University Press »

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.