The Perceptual Present

Abigail Connor, Joel Smith

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Phenomenologically speaking, we perceive the present, recall the past, and anticipate the future. We offer an account of the temporal content of the perceptual present that distinguishes it from the recalled past and the anticipated future. We distinguish two views: the Token Reflexive Account and the Minimal Account. We offer reasons to reject the Token Reflexive Account, and defend the Minimal Account, according to which the temporal content of the perceptual present is exhausted by its direct reference to the interval of time over which it occurs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)817-837
JournalThe Philosophical Quarterly
Issue number277
Publication statusPublished - 8 May 2019


  • Perception
  • The Present
  • Indexicals


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