Ordinary Thinking about Time

Campbell, John (2006) Ordinary Thinking about Time. In: Time and History Proceedings of the 28. International Ludwig Wittgenstein Symposium Kirchberg am Wechsel, Austria 2005. Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt, pp. 1-12.

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I will describe two non-standard ways of thinking about time. The ?rst is ubiquitous in animal cognition. I will call it ‘phase time’. Suppose for example you consider a hibernating animal. This animal might have representation of the various seasons of the year, and modulate its actions dependent on the season. But it need have no distinction between the winter of one year and the winter of another; it thinks of time only in terms of repeatable phases. The second non-standard way of thinking about time has been ascribed to children at an early stage in development. I will call it ‘script time’. A ‘script’ or ‘schema’ is representation of the structure of a repeated type of event, such as going to a restaurant, attending a lecture or visiting the doctor. You know what types of event happen in what order. And in script time, you identify temporal locations with respect to events in the script.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Epistemologie, Wissenschaftstheorie, Naturphilosophie
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2011 16:44
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2011 05:56
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/2065

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