The first four volumes of The Study of Time series contain over a hundred papers ( The Study of Time, 4 vols. [ New York: Springer Verlag, 1972-81]). They may, and ought to, serve as a general background for the specific issues addressed in the present book. Nevertheless, it was felt appropriate and courteous to the reader who may see only this volume, to begin with essays that deal with the general concept and experience of time.
In the opening paper, Nathaniel Lawrence is concerned with the roots of time in human experience. He considers four well-known metaphors which translate time felt into time understood: number, space, action, and purpose. None of these alone nor the four together map the complete wealth of time, but from among them telos is sufficiently powerful and general to be preferred.
Conrad Dale Johnson critically examines the ontological implications of the evolutionary theory of time. He does so by relating the theory to the strategy of explanation warranted, in his view, by modern science.
John Michon argues that certain structural aspects of the evolutionary theory of time may be treated, from the point of view of experimental psychology, as cognitive representations.
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