The Intuitive Foundations of the Knowledge of Time

  • Henry Mehlberg
  • Robert S. Cohen
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 19-1)


The causal theories of physical time whose evolution we have traced in the first part of this work87 try to explain the role of the concept of time in the physical sciences. They bring out the causal character of the methods used by the scientist to determine the simultaneity, succession, and duration of physical events, and regard the temporal order of these events as a particular circumstance of their causal interconnection. In this second part, we propose to expound another conception of time which will both eliminate the serious difficulties raised by these theories and extend the causal explanation of time to the extra-physical forms of the temporal order.


Psychological State Temporal Order Universal Time Physical Time Temporal Figure 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Henry Mehlberg
  • Robert S. Cohen
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Philosophy and History of ScienceBoston UniversityUSA

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