The Images of Time
An Essay on Temporal Representation
By (author) Robin Le Poidevin
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Images of Time by Robin Le Poidevin
Book DescriptionThe Images of Time presents a philosophical investigation of the nature of time and the mind's ways of representing it. Robin Le Poidevin examines how we perceive time and change, the means by which memory links us with the past, the attempt to represent change and movement in art, and the nature of fictional time. These apparently disparate questions all concern the ways in which we represent aspects of time, in thought, experience, art and fiction. They also raise fundamental problems for our philosophical understanding, both of mental representation, and of the nature of time itself. Le Poidevin brings together issues in philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, and literary theory in examining the mechanisms underlying our representation of time in various media, and brings these to bear on metaphysical debates over the real nature of time. These debates concern which aspects of time are genuinely part of time's intrinsic nature, and which, in some sense, are mind-dependent. Arguably, the most important debate concerns time's passage: does time pass in reality, or is the division of events into past, present, and future simply a reflection of our temporal perspective - a result of the interaction between a 'static' world and minds capable of representing it? Le Poidevin argues that, contrary to what perception and memory lead us to suppose, time does not really pass, and this surprising conclusion can be reconciled with the characteristic features of temporal experience.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199265893
(222mm x 143mm x 18mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 27-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Images of Time, Paperback (October 2009)
The Images of Time is a philosophical investigation of the nature of time and the mind's ways of representing it. Robin Le Poidevin examines the ways in which we perceive time and change, the means by which memory links us with the past, the attempt to represent change and movement in art, and the nature of fictional time.
Being, Paperback (July 2008)
These essays focus on central concerns of contemporary metaphysics and the growing interest in ontological issues.
Travels in Four Dimensions, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by Robin Le Poidevin
Does time really flow, or is that simply an illusion? Did time have a beginning? What does it mean to say that time has a direction? The author provides an introduction to these questions, and many other puzzles and paradoxes. He aims to give the readers a basis to think about these problems independently, avoiding jargon and technicality.
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