From Physical Time to Human Time

Jenann Ismael

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Time as experienced is said to have several properties that the physical image of time lacks. In this paper, I outline a strategy for bridging the gap between the time of everyday experience and the time of physics that treats the Block Universe as a non-perspectival view of History and shows how to recover the everyday experience of time as a view of History through the eyes of the embedded, embodied participant in it. I also address questions about whether features of our temporal experience like passage and flow are properly thought of as illusory, the temptation to reify these features in the absolute fabric of the universe, and the question of whether this strategy takes passage seriously.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages18
StatePublished - 2016

Publication series

NameBoston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science
ISSN (Print)0068-0346
ISSN (Electronic)2214-7942


  • Block universe
  • Flow
  • McTaggart
  • Passage
  • Perspective
  • Relativity
  • Sub specie aeternitatis
  • Temporal experience
  • The openness of the future

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Literature and Literary Theory
  • Anthropology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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