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A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time$
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Adrian Bardon

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199976454

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199976454.001.0001

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Idealism and Experience

Idealism and Experience

(p.28) Chapter 2 Idealism and Experience
A Brief History of the Philosophy of Time

Adrian Bardon

Oxford University Press

We ended the last chapter wondering where the very idea of past and future come from, given that (a) we could never experience past or future events directly, and (b) memory and anticipation only have the meaning for us that they do because we already understand their connection to the past and future. Clearly, we do have the idea of past and future, and have no problem understanding what it means to remember or anticipate. But how we accomplish this is a different story, with a lot to teach us about the nature of time itself. In the last chapter we saw that the metaphysical question as to whether change is real was the focus in the ancient world; in the Enlightenment era of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the epistemological question as to the origin of temporal concepts became a central concern in its own right.

Keywords:   Locke, Kant, experience, Russell, Husserl, illusion, idealism

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