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2022-05-26Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/27868
Relief, time-bias, and the metaphysics of tense
dc.contributor.authorBacharach, Julian
dc.date.accessioned2024-01-09T12:58:40Z
dc.date.available2024-01-09T12:58:40Z
dc.date.issued2022-05-26none
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/28658
dc.description.abstractOur emotional lives are full of temporal asymmetries. Salient among these is that we tend to feel differently about painful or unpleasant events depending on their temporal location: we feel anxiety or trepidation about painful events we anticipate in the future, and relief when they are over. One question, then, is whether temporally asymmetric emotions such as relief have any ramifications for the metaphysics of time. On what has become the standard way of finessing this question, the asymmetry of relief is an instance of the phenomenon of future-bias, a tendency to prefer painful events to be located in the past than in the future. The main question then posed is whether this pattern of preferences can be justified in the light of different metaphysical theories of time. In this paper I argue that this whole dialectic is misconceived. While many people may have future-biased preferences and these are a legitimate object of psychological study, this should be distinguished from the more basic phenomenon of relief that an unpleasant experience is over. Acknowledging the distinctness of these phenomena has two main consequences. First, if relief is not a manifestation of a time-biased preference, it is unclear what it would be for it to be justified or unjustified. This, in turn, should lead us to reassess how the psychology of relief bears on our metaphysical commitments. As I shall suggest, the real significance of the temporally asymmetric emotions for the metaphysics of time is that they manifest, and so reflection on them serves to draw our attention to, a structural feature of our awareness of the passage of time that resists re-articulation in other terms.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.rights(CC BY 4.0) Attribution 4.0 Internationalger
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectTimeeng
dc.subjectReliefeng
dc.subjectA-Theory/B-Theoryeng
dc.subjectTemporal experienceeng
dc.subjectEmotioneng
dc.subjectRationalityeng
dc.subject.ddc100 Philosophie, Parapsychologie und Okkultismus, Psychologienone
dc.titleRelief, time-bias, and the metaphysics of tensenone
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/28658-4
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/27868
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
local.edoc.pages22none
local.edoc.type-nameZeitschriftenartikel
local.edoc.container-typeperiodical
local.edoc.container-type-nameZeitschrift
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewednone
dc.identifier.eissn1573-0964
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.doi10.1007/s11229-022-03707-w
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.journaltitleSynthesenone
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.volume200none
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.issue3none
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.articlenumber237none
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublishernameSpringer Science+Business Medianone
dcterms.bibliographicCitation.originalpublisherplaceDordrecht [u.a.]none
bua.departmentPhilosophische Fakultätnone

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