This work shows us that by taking time seriously we can discover something essential to almost every question of human concern. It asks, ""Are we IN time?"" and considers time in conjunction with cognition, morality, action, physical nature, being, God, freedom, and politics. Charles Sherover's essays, while drawing upon Royce, Heidegger, Kant, Leibniz, and even Hartshorne and Bergson, defy categorization by method or school; instead, they reveal the diversity and divergence of thinking about time as well as the myriad features and values within the omnipresence of time and change. The volume gives an overview of the history of thought on time and a clarification of some fundamental conceptual distinctions in temporal ideas. It then offers a critique of Kant, the first thinker to recognize that all human experience has a temporal form. In a series of essays on metaphysics - a corrective to the dominant metaphysical tradition of talking about being as if time does not matter - the work pursues temporal responses to such problems as being, internal relations, individuation, mind, and free will.
Charles M. Sherover is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Hunter College. He is the author/editor of The Human Experience of Time (Northwestern, 2001), and the author of Heidegger, Kant, and Time (Indiana, 1971) and Time, Freedom, and the Common Good (SUNY, 1989). He has also translated Rousseau's Social Contract (Harper & Row, 1984). Sherover was recently given the 2002 Josiah Royce Award by the Society for the Advancement of American Philosophy. Gregory R. Johnson received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He currently teaches in the Swedenborgian House of Studies at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, California.
Preface by Gregory R. Johnson Part I: First Considerations 1. The Concept of Time in Western Thought 2. Talk of Time Part II: A Kantian Rethinking of Some Kant 3. The Question of Noumenal Time 4. Time and Ethics: How Is Morality Possible? 5. Experiential Time and the Religious Concern Part III: Metaphysics as if Time Matters 6. Are We IN Time? 7. Perspectivity and the Principle of Continuity 8. Res Cogitens: The Time of Mind 9. Toward Experiential Metaphysics: Radical Temporalism Part VI: Time, Freedom; and the Common Good 10. The Temporality of the Common Good: Futurity and Freedom 11. The Process of Polity