The Images of Time: An Essay on Temporal Representation

Paperback | November 1, 2009

byRobin Le Poidevin

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The Images of Time presents a philosophical investigation of the nature of time and the mind's ways of representing it. Robin Le Poidevin examines how we perceive time and change, the means by which memory links us with the past, the attempt to represent change and movement in art, and thenature of fictional time. These apparently disparate questions all concern the ways in which we represent aspects of time, in thought, experience, art and fiction. They also raise fundamental problems for our philosophical understanding, both of mental representation, and of the nature of timeitself. Le Poidevin brings together issues in philosophy, psychology, aesthetics, and literary theory in examining the mechanisms underlying our representation of time in various media, and brings these to bear on metaphysical debates over the real nature of time. These debates concern which aspects of timeare genuinely part of time's intrinsic nature, and which, in some sense, are mind-dependent. Arguably, the most important debate concerns time's passage: does time pass in reality, or is the division of events into past, present, and future simply a reflection of our temporal perspective - a result of the interaction between a 'static' world and minds capable of representing it? Le Poidevinargues that, contrary to what perception and memory lead us to suppose, time does not really pass, and this surprising conclusion can be reconciled with the characteristic features of temporal experience.

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The Images of Time presents a philosophical investigation of the nature of time and the mind's ways of representing it. Robin Le Poidevin examines how we perceive time and change, the means by which memory links us with the past, the attempt to represent change and movement in art, and thenature of fictional time. These apparently disp...

Robin Le Poidevin is Professor of Metaphysics at the University of Leeds

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:216 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.07 inPublished:November 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199575517

ISBN - 13:9780199575510

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Table of Contents

Part I: Aspects of Time and Representation1. The Project2. Causal Theories of Representation3. Egocentric and Objective RepresentationPart II: Memory and Perception4. Retracing the Past: Memory and Passage5. Projecting the Present: The Shock of the Now6. The Wider View: Precedence and DurationPart III: Art and Fiction7. Image and Instant: The Pictorial Representation of Time8. The Fictional Future9. The Unity of Time and NarrativeConclusion

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Review from previous edition: "Le Poidevin should be praised for crafting his own research projects and shining a light on temporal representation from such a wide variety of topics. Not many books address topics in philosophy of mind, psychology, cognitive science, epistemology, metaphysicsof time, philosophy of art, and literary criticism! Readers looking for a book with fresh material and challenging arguments to think about will find one here." --Craig Callender, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews