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Summer 2022 Philosophy PS0102 section 001
In the Twinkling of an Eye: A Philosophi
Philosophy: Time & Tempor

Call Number 10818
Day & Time
MTWRF 11:10am-1:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Day & Time
MTWRF 3:10pm-5:00pm
311 Fayerweather
Points 0
Grading Mode Ungraded
Approvals Required None
Instructor Alexander C Rigas
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description What could be more familiar to us than time? However, if asked, ‘What is time?,’ many of us would be at a loss. This includes Saint Augustine, who, almost two thousand years ago, beautifully and famously articulated our paradox: “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I want to explain it to a questioner, I do not know.” This course does not promise to provide students with a neat answer to that question. But it does invite them to inquire, collaboratively and philosophically, into the nature of time – in the hopes that, thereby, we might achieve greater insight into and clarity about the topic. Among the questions we consider are: is time real (or an illusion)? If there is such a thing as time, is it more than a feature of our minds? If yes, what is its nature, and how does it figure into our ontology? How is time related to space? Do physics and/or metaphysics permit travel in time? Can historically-temporally distant entities – like the actions of past persons or institutions, or future persons like our great-great-great grandchildren – generate duties of justice on us in the present? (If so, how and what, exactly, are these obligations?) What are the conditions for (numerical) personal identity across time? What is place, and what is its relation to time and to space? Does the character of individual and/or collective temporal experience vary with place? What is the nature of historical consciousness, and how does memory figure therein? How, if at all, is the fact that we die relevant to our lives? Would immortality necessarily be bad? Is the ethical-aesthetic ideal of eternally repeating my life (as I have lived it and will live it again) expressive of robust psychological health? Madness? (Something else?) The course has four main goals:
  1. To describe and explain some important philosophical perspectives – historical and contemporary, Western and non-Western – on time and temporality
  2. To rethink and provisionally reformulate our own beliefs about this puzzling but essential topic
  3. To be able to identify, logically analyze and evaluate, and construct philosophical arguments
  4. To use spoken and written language to express ourselves clearly, concisely, and convincingly.
Throughout the course, we will explore the following authors and texts: the Atharvaveda, Jorge Luis Borges, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Martin Heidegger, David Lewis, Shu-hsien Liu, John Lock
Web Site Vergil
Subterm 07/19-08/05 (L)
Department Pre-College Programs (SHSP)
Enrollment 4 students (24 max) as of 8:04AM Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Subject Philosophy
Number PS0102
Section 001
Division School of Professional Studies
Open To Pre-College Programs, Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Section key 20222PHIL0102K001

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