Consciousness, Time, and Memory

Authored by: Ian Phillips

The Routledge Handbook Of Consciousness

Print publication date:  March  2018
Online publication date:  March  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138936218
eBook ISBN: 9781315676982
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To do full justice to our conscious perceptual experience, mention must be made of our ­awareness of succession, duration and change. Even the banal experience as I look out of my office window includes leaves and branches nodding in the wind, cars moving down the road, their lights blinking successively on-and-off as they turn, and now a bus pausing for a moment at its stop before moving on. 1 Many theorists have suggested that our capacity to see such happenings, and more generally to perceive temporal aspects of reality, depends essentially on memory. Here I explore (and ultimately defend) this putative connection.

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