Sensorama: A Phenomenalist Analysis of Spacetime and Its Contents

Hardcover | March 18, 2015

byMichael Pelczar

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Michael Pelczar presents an original account of space, time and conscious experience. 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, orthe simultaneity of sensations occurring in different parts of the brain. Such considerations led Henri Poincare, 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 Sensorama is that Poincare was substantially correct. The best way to reconcile the scientific conception of time with the evidence of introspection is through a phenomenalist metaphysic according to which consciousness exists in neither time nor space, but serves as a basis forthe logical construction of spacetime and its contents.

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Michael Pelczar presents an original account of space, time and conscious experience. 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, orthe simultaneity of sensations occurring in...

Michael Pelczar is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the National University of Singapore.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pagesPublished:March 18, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198732651

ISBN - 13:9780198732655

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. Space, Time, and Spacetime3. Phenomenal Duration, Succession, and Change4. Phenomenal Simultaneity5. The Stream of Consciousness6. Idealism7. Phenomenalism: A First Appraisal8. Radical Phenomenalism9. Idealism Vindicated10. The Conscious Self11. Intentionality12. ConclusionAppendix: objections to relativityNotesIndex