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Sensorama: A Phenomenalist Analysis of Spacetime and Its Contents

Michael Pelczar


How does the modern scientific conception of time constrain the project of assigning the mind its proper place in nature? On the scientific conception, it makes no sense to speak of the duration of a pain, or the simultaneity of sensations occurring in different parts of the brain. Such considerations led Henri Poincaré, one of the founders of the modern conception, to conclude that consciousness does not exist in spacetime, but serves as the basic material out of which we must create the physical world. The central claim of this book is that Poincaré was substantially correct. The best way to ... More

Keywords: time, spacetime, consciousness, phenomenalism, Poincaré, logical construction

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198732655
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198732655.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Pelczar, author
National University of Singapore