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Temporal phenomenology: phenomenological illusion versus cognitive error

  • Kristie MillerEmail author
  • Alex Holcombe
  • Andrew James Latham


Temporal non-dynamists hold that there is no temporal passage, but concede that many of us judge that it seems as though time passes. Phenomenal Illusionists suppose that things do seem this way, even though things are not this way. They attempt to explain how it is that we are subject to a pervasive phenomenal illusion. More recently, Cognitive Error Theorists have argued that our experiences do not seem that way; rather, we are subject to an error that leads us mistakenly to believe that our experiences seem that way. Cognitive Error Theory is a relatively new view and little has been said to explain why we make such an error, or where, in the cognitive architecture, such an error might creep in. In this paper we remedy this by offering a number of hypotheses about the source of error. In so doing we aim to show that Cognitive Error Theory is a plausible competitor to Phenomenal Illusion Theory.


Time Temporal phenomenology Illusion Cognitive error Temporal dynamism Temporal passage 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristie Miller
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alex Holcombe
    • 2
  • Andrew James Latham
    • 3
  1. 1.The Centre for Time, Department of PhilosophyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  2. 2.The School of PsychologyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Department of PhilosophyThe University of SydneySydneyAustralia

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