- The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Time
- List of Figures
- List of Contributors
- Fatalism and the Future
- Time and Chance Propensities
- Time and Modality
- The Possibility of Discrete Time
- Presentism and the Space‐Time Manifold
- The Asymmetry of Influence
- The Flow of Time
- Time in Thermodynamics
- Prospects for Temporal Neutrality
- Time, Passage, And Immediate Experience
- Time in Action
- Time in Cognitive Development
- Temporal Experience
- Sharpening the Electromagnetic Arrow(s) of Time
- Time, Topology, and the Twin Paradox
- Time in the Special Theory of Relativity
- Time in Classical Dynamics
- Time Travel and Time Machines
- The CPT Theorem
- Time in Quantum Mechanics
- Time in Quantum Gravity
Abstract and Keywords
The specious present is the claimed temporal breadth in the content of an experience at a particular time. One's experience has a stream-like aspect to it. But how can this be, this chapter asks, if the world itself does not pass? Why does one's experience have this stream-like quality to it when time is itself not flowing? While making the eternalist world safe for the specious present, the chapter carves out and evaluates two contrasting understandings of the specious present.
Barry Dainton is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Liverpool. His research is mainly in metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. He is the author of The Phenomenal Self (OUP, 2008), Stream of Consciousness (Routledge, 2006 ), and Time and Space (Acumen, 2001).
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