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Colloquium Geschiedenis van de Filosofie
Colloquium Geschiedenis van de Filosofie, Universiteit Utrecht
“Coinciding with the Passage of Time: Bergson and the Extensional View of Temporal Experience”
Dr. Yaron Wolf
(University College Roosevelt, Utrecht University)
All are welcome!
Date and Time: 29 April 2021, 16.15-18.00
Venue: Microsoft Teams
According to the extensional view, temporal experience itself unfolds in time. The view – defended in recent studies by Barry Dainton, Ian Phillips, Christoph Hoerl, and others – is sometimes animated by the idea that ‘time is special’. Unlike other aspects of experience, the experience of time is alleged by proponents of the approach to have the same structure as its contents. While our experience of a blue lagoon isn’t itself blue, it might seem plausible to think that our experience of a melody, for example, itself unfolds in time. Accepting the view, it appears, involves implications for a theory of perception broadly conceived. It seems, for example, that the extensional view introduces significant constraints on a representationalist theory of experience.
Henri Bergson’s view of temporal experience has recently received renewed attention, at least in part due to growing debates concerning the nature of time in contemporary thought. My talk explores the relation of Bergson’s account of the experience of time to the extensional view. I present a new argument for aligning Bergson with the approach, focusing on passages from Time and Free Will (1889) as well as aspects of his theory of intuition presented in his writings from 1903’s ‘Introduction to Metaphysics’ onwards. I also suggest a potential advantage of Bergson’s account over recent extensional positions in work by Phillips, Hoerl, and Soteriou.
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