Advertisement

Relatively Completely Happy

  • Bariş Parkan
Part of the Analecta Husserliana book series (ANHU, volume 102)

Abstract

This paper tries to formulate a link between a phenomenological description of certain experiences of the co-presence of the past, present and future with the scientific theory of the block model of the universe that is based on the Einstein-Minkovski conception of spacetime. The argument that is constructed to this end utilizes Whitehead’s process metaphysics. Using Whitehead’s attack on the bifurcation of nature problem as my springboard, I argue that even though the passage of time as described in the block model of the universe transcends our perception of nature (i.e., the 4-dimensional space-time transcends passage of time as we perceive it), this transcendence need not introduce an unbridgeable gap between appearance and reality. I then make use of Reiser’s application of Whitehead’s metaphysics to Gestalt psychology to provide an explanation of our perception of time from a scientific point of view that does not conceptualize mental spacetime as bifurcated from physical spacetime. Finally, I argue, using Whiteheadian concepts, that it is possible to apprehend the block universe through sensuous experience.

Keywords

Block Model Actual Entity Secondary Quality Physical Spacetime Event Ontology 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Samuel Alexander, Space, Time, and Deity, 2 vols. (NY: Dover Publications, 1966). Vol. 1.Google Scholar
  2. George Berkeley, Three Dialogues Between Hylas and Philonous, ed. Robert Merrihew. Adams (Hackett Publishing Company, 1979).Google Scholar
  3. John B. Kennedy, Space, Time and Einstein: An Introduction (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2003).Google Scholar
  4. Leclerc, Ivor. Whitehead’s Metaphysics (London: George Allen & Unwin Ltd., 1958).Google Scholar
  5. Oliver L. Reiser, “The Problem of Time in Science and Philosophy,” The Philosophical Review 35:3 (May, 1926) pp. 236–252.Google Scholar
  6. Oliver L. Reiser, “Time, Space and Gestalt,” Philosophy of Science 1:2 (Apr., 1934) pp. 197–223.Google Scholar
  7. Harry M. Tiebout, “Appearance and Causality in Whitehead’s Early Writings,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 19:1 (Sep., 1958), pp. 43–52.Google Scholar
  8. Alfred N. Whitehead, Process and Reality (New York: MacMillan Company, 1929).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Bariş Parkan

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations