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September 20, 2023: Florian Fischer: Dynamicity

CPT Time-Methods Colloquia

Lecture organzed by the Centre for Philosophy of Time (CPT Colloquia) and by the Mind, Experience, Language, and Time (MELT) Group.

Florian Fischer (Siegen)


September 20, 2023:  14:30-16:30.

Piero Martinetti Room, Department of Philosophy, Icehouse Courtyard, 1st floor, Via Festa del Perdono, 7, Milan


Our understanding of time encompasses two related but clearly separated aspects which have, famously, been dubbed A- and B-time. A-time focuses on the difference between past, present and future and can thus be characterized as temporal direction; B-time is concerned with temporal order, manifested by the earlier/later relation. The contemporary debate about A- and B-time is best understood as a question of metaphysical fundamentality. While one sides tries to reduce B-notions to A-notions, the other tries to eliminate A-notions in favor of B-notions.

My project on the metaphysics of time, entitled »dynamicity«, goes one step further. Dynamicity is the ultimate basis for both A- and B-time, and must therefor be characterized presupposing neither A- nor B-notions. This means, that any kind of multiplicity is ruled out, as this would constitute a form of (temporal) order; and any kind of teleology is ruled out, as this would constitute a form of direction.

The ultimate goal of the project is to reduce A-time to dynamicity and then reduce B-time to A-time. In my talk, I will focus on the first step, as there is already a debate about the second. I will give an account of dynamicity and outline how to develop A-time from dynamicity. It turns out that the pre-temporal concept of dynamicity is so abstract, that it can be utilized in additional contexts. So to better understand these concepts, I will end the talk with sketching the dynamicity account of modality.

Everyone interested is welcome to attend.

The meeting will be held in English.

It will be possible to access the meeting until all places are filled.

Participation is strongly recommended to students of the Doctoral School in Philosophy and Human Sciences and to students of the Doctoral School “The Human Mind and its Explanations: Language, Brain, and Reasoning”.

Organization: Giuliano Torrengo

20 September 2023
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