Berkeley and Hume on Time and Simultaneity
Lorne Falkenstein (Western University)

September 22, 2017, 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Department of Philosophy, Western University

Stevenson Hall 1145
1151 Richmond Street
London N6A 5B8


Both Berkeley and Hume maintained that time can only be perceived to pass insofar as there is some succession in our thoughts.  Consistently with the doctrine that to be is to be perceived, Berkeley further maintained that time only exists insofar as there is such a succession.  Consistently with the realism he considered to be undeniable in other contexts, Hume was willing to allow that time might pass even when there is no succession in our thoughts.  But he maintained that any perception of the passage of time requires a succession of noticeably different thoughts.  Each overreached himself in attempting to draw these further conclusions.  I explain why, in opposition to recent attempts to defend their positions.

Supporting material

Add supporting material (slides, programs, etc.)




Who is attending?

No one has said they will attend yet.

Will you attend this event?

Let us know so we can notify you of any change of plan.

Custom tags:


This event has been submitted and is maintained by:

(University of Western Ontario)

You should login and contact this user if you believe the information on this page needs updating.

If you judge that this event entry is inappropriate, please login and report it.