Transcendental Unification of Temporal Consciousness

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Jeremy Schlanger (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Adam Rosenfeld

Abstract: It seems a commonsense notion that our conscious experience of reality is inherently embedded with a sense of temporal flow. Within our conscious experience, we have a multitude of temporally distinct experiences of which time seemingly flows between. How is it then, that times inexorable flow is elucidated in the theater of one’s mind? What seems, at first, to be a commonsense notion that our experience flows through time, is not as clear as it appears to be on the surface. This paper explores the constitution of temporality as it is apprehended by one’s mind and how it is that individual momentary states can be temporally unified to form what is our stream of consciousness. As we traverse the link between temporal conscious experience and reality as we know it, we will show temporality to be something transcendental. Meaning, it is something that is a pre-condition to experience. Time then, is not an empty substrate to be filled by experience, but a mental extension into the spatial matrix through which our experience of the world is conceived. This extension allows for the apprehension of change and movement to be conceived by the mind. Temporality is thus to be conceived as an egoic performance, arisen from the apprehension of the phenomena of experience and ascribed to a persistent self-consciousness. We will conclude that it is this self-consciousness as the experiencer of phenomenal objects which creates the sensation of temporal flow in one’s everyday experience.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2021
philosophy, temporality, time, experience, transcendental ego

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