SPoT is a network for researches working on the philosophy of time. This includes the metaphysics of time, the nature of persistence through time as well as linguistic references to the present moment.
SPoT explicitly encourages an interdisciplinary approach, including results from physics, psychology and linguistics.
SPoT is international and open to members from every country.
International Association for Philosophy of Time (IAPT)
Center for Science and Thought (CST) University of Bonn The CST is part of the proposed cluster CASCADE (Computational Science for Complex Systems). Science itself is a complex developing system. Recently, the availability of new computational methods has raised issues that have to be addressed in an explorative fashion at the overlapping borders of the disciplines involved in the cluster. The CST is a radically interdisciplinary platform where questions that go beyond the scope of various established disciplines are addressed. The CST is based on the notion of a bottom-up-epistemology or theory of scientific knowledge.
Metaphysics of Laws and Ontology of Time University of Bonn PI: Cord Friebe
At first glance, every metaphysics of laws can be combined with every ontology of time. In contrast, the project is intended to show that Humeanism requires eternalism and that Power metaphysics presupposes a dynamical view of temporal existence. This is independent of whether the laws are deterministic or probabilistic: reality is non-productively static or productively dynamical, the future be ‘open’ or not.
The project explores the question how people find motivation to realize their long-term and meaningful visions and life-projects which ultimately lead to human flourishing. We assume that the overall integration of various mental desires, impulses and capacities is the key that leads to authenticity and self-determination.
The DFG-Project Passage of Time investigates how to identify and characterise time? And what exactly is time? Is all we can say that time passes, or flows, or marches on forever? Or could time be identified with something familiar like change, or certain activities of the mind? Our Aristotelian working hypothesis is that time reduces to how we experience the development of substances.
The overreaching aim of the project is to reconcile the ‘manifest image’ and the ‘scientific image’ of temporal reality. The working hypothesis is that such a reconciliation is to be achieved through an appropriate notion of fundamentality. In a nutshell, the idea is that reality is constituted by facts of various degrees of fundamentality or basicness, and that common sense and science describe different levels of reality.
The SPoT is very thankful for the generous funding.