Experience of the world in time

Alva Noë

Full English version in: Analysis, 2006, 66(289): 26–32.

Objects – even tomatoes – are, in a sense, timeless – they exist, all at once, whole and integrated. Indeed, it is just this fact about objects – their timelessness – that makes it puzzling how we can experience them as we do. In the language of traditional philosophy, objects are transcendent; they outstrip our experience; they have hidden parts, always. When you perceive an object, you never take it in from all sides at once. And yet you have a sense of the presence of the object as a whole at a moment in time.

Keywords: experience, perception, phenomenology, presence, sensorimotor.

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