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April 11-12, 2019: Thinking in and about time: A dual systems perspective on temporal cognition

CPT Time-Methods Colloquia

The Centre for Philosophy of Timeand the Neurophilosophy Lab of the University of Milan present:


International Symposium

Thinking in and about time: A dual systems perspective on temporal cognition

With Christoph Hoerl and Teresa McCormack

April 11-12, 2019


In their target article to appear in Behavioural and Brain Sciences, Hoerl and McCormack outline a dual systems approach to temporal cognition, which distinguishes between two cognitive systems for dealing with how things unfold over time - a temporal updating system and a temporal reasoning system - of which the former is both phylogenetically and ontogenetically more primitive than the latter, and which are at work alongside each other in adult human cognition. They describe the main features of each of the two systems, the types of behavior the more primitive temporal updating system can support, and the respects in which it is more limited than the temporal reasoning system. They then use the distinction between the two systems to interpret findings in comparative and developmental psychology, arguing that animals operate only with a temporal updating system and that children start out doing so too, before gradually becoming capable of thinking and reasoning about time. After this, they turn to adult human cognition and suggest that our account can also shed light on a specific feature of our everyday thinking about time that has been the subject of debate in the philosophy of time, which consists in a tendency to think about the nature of time itself in a way that appears ultimately self-contradictory. They conclude by considering the topic of intertemporal choice, and argue that drawing the distinction between temporal updating and temporal reasoning is also useful in the context of characterising two distinct mechanisms for delaying gratification.


Attendance to the symposium is free, and welcomed, but registration in advance is compulsory. In order to confirm your participation, please send an email to: angelica.kaufmann@gmail.com

The event is funded by the Department of Philosophy of the University of Milan.

More information at: http://www.centreforphilosophyoftime.it

The Call for Applications closed.

Venue TBA

The Lectures will be held in English.
Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

12 April 2019
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