Categoria: Curriculum Episteme, Curriculum Theoretic
Kasia Jaszcolt¬†¬† is professor of Linguistics and Philosophy of Language at the University of Cambridge,¬†¬†Director of Studies in Linguistics at Newnham College, Cambridge. She was President of the Cambridge Institute of Language Research and Head of Department of Linguistics 2009-11. In 2012 she was elected Member of Academia Europaea. Here below a short ¬†abstract of the talk:
The¬†Demise of the Concept of Time:
Linguistic¬†Evidence and Metaphysical Implications
Investigation into the reality ofinto metaphysical¬†time (M), the human concept of time¬†(E), and temporal reference in natural¬†language (L), entertaining the possibility of what I call a ‚Äėhorizontal¬†reduction‚Äô (L>E>M) and¬†‚Äėvertical reduction‚Äô (through modal supervenience;¬†Jaszczolt 2009, 2017a,b). I present my theory of temporalityL/E¬†as¬†epistemic modality,¬†drawing on evidence from the L domain and its correlates in¬†the E and M domains. On this view, the human concept of time is a¬†complex,¬†‚Äėmolecular‚Äô concept and can be broken down into primitive concepts that are¬†modal in nature. Put simply, on the level of the¬†conceptual building blocks,¬†the concept of time features as degrees of epistemic commitment to¬†representations of states of affairs. I¬†present some evidence from tensed and¬†tenseless languages in support of this modal view (endorsing the L>E path)¬†and point out its¬†compatibility with the view of real time as metaphysical¬†modality (endorsing the E>M path). Next, I move to the topic of the passage¬†of¬†time and the subjective ‚Äėfeeling of the rate of the passage of time‚Äô and¬†show how they can be accounted for in my modal reductionist¬†view.¬†¬†I conclude by speculating on the challenges¬†for a reductionist perspective of this kind and remark on the place for¬†A-theoretic¬†concepts in this essentially B-theoretic view (McTaggart 1908).
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