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A puzzle concerning time perception

Le Poidevin, R. (2004) A puzzle concerning time perception. Synthese, 142 (1). pp. 109-142. ISSN 1573-0964

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Abstract

According to a plausible and influential account of perceptual knowledge, the truth-makers of beliefs that constitute perceptual knowledge must feature in the causal explanation of how we acquire those beliefs. However, this account runs into difficulties when it tries to accommodate time perception – specifically perception of order and duration – since the features we are apparently tracking in such perception are (it is argued) not causal. The central aim of the paper is to solve this epistemological puzzle. Two strategies are examined. The first strategy locates the causal truth-makers within the psychological mechanism underlying time perception, thus treating facts about time order and duration as mind-dependent. This strategy, however, is problematic. The second strategy modifies the causal account of perceptual knowledge to include a non-causal component in the explanation of belief-acquisition, namely chronometric explanation. Applying this much more satisfactory approach to perceptual knowledge of time, we can preserve the mind-independence of order and duration, but not that of time's flow.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Springer. This is an author produced version of a paper subsequently published in Synthese. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy. The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Humanities (Leeds) > School of Philosophy (Leeds)
Depositing User: Leeds Philosophy Department
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2007 12:56
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:04
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/B:SYNT.0000047710.71824....
Status: Published
Publisher: Kluwer (Springer)
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1023/B:SYNT.0000047710.71824.b1
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URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3338

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