Now, Exaiphnês, and the Present Moment in Ancient Philosophy

E-Mail Adresse für Einreichungen: Celso.DeOliveiraVieira@rub.de
Deadline: 03.01.2022
Call-Bezeichnung: Call for Papers
Ort: Bochum
Datum: 24.03.2022
Ende: 25.03.2022 --:--
Veranstaltende Institution: RUB

Our experience of the present, which we capture in notions like “the now”, “the instant of time”, or “the present moment”, is strongly connected with the notion of change since we are made aware of the moment of time through motion and changes. But experiencing a change means experiencing that something turns from being F to not being F, or from F to not-F. If the instants when something is F and not-F are the same instant, however, then the thing seems to be both F and not-F at the same time, and we seem to end up with a contradiction. This threatening inconsistency prompted several influential answers in ancient times: for example, Heraclitus may seem to endorse this inconsistency, while Parmenides seems to have concluded that time and change are thus unreal. Plato develops the notion of exaiphnês to suggest that the turning from F to not-F occurs outside of time. And Aristotle develops both Parmenidean and Platonic intuitions to argue that change is continuous and the segmentation of time into ‘nows’ occurs in thought.

The problem of the present moment remains a source of lively philosophical debate and the ancient ideas are still a constitutive part of it, which is the motivation for organizing this conference. It will bring together an group of international scholars working on these problems and also invites two to three papers through this call for papers.

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