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date: 23 February 2020

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This article connects issues in the philosophy of perception¾and in particular the question of whether perception of the external world is direct or mediated by sense data¾with issues in the philosophy of time, in particular the question of whether the passage of time is to some degree an illusion. Contrasting theories in the metaphysics of time are considered, such as presentism (the view that only the present is real) and the B-theory (the view that our experience as of the passage of time merely reflects our temporal perspective), and the question raised whether the argument for sense data based on the time lag involved in perception rests on metaphysical assumptions about time. Recent research on time illusions (i.e. misperceptions of temporal aspects of stimuli) is put in the context of these philosophical problems.

Keywords: time, passage, illusion, sense data, presentism, B-theory, time lag

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