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Absolute subjectivity. Decoherence functional. History filter. Phenomenological perception. Temporal consciousness. von Neumann’s projection postulate

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LIVADAS, S. THE TRANSCENDENCE OF TIME IN THE EPISTEMOLOGY OF OBSERVATION FROM A PHENOMENOLOGICAL STANDPOINT. Manuscrito: Revista Internacional de Filosofia, Campinas, SP, v. 34, n. 2, p. 435–469, 2015. Disponível em: Acesso em: 22 mar. 2023.


In this article I deal with time as a notion of epistemological content associated though with the notion of a subjective consciousness co-constitutive of physical reality. In this phenomenologically grounded approach I attempt to establish a ‘metaphysical’ aspect of time, within a strictly epistemological context, in the sense of an underlying absolute subjectivity which is non-objectifiable within objective temporality and thus non-susceptible of any ontological designation. My arguments stem, on the one hand, from a version of quantum-mechanical theory (History Projection Operator theory, HPO theory) in view of its formal treatment of two different aspects of time within a quantum context. The discrete, partial-ordering properties (the notions of before and after) and the dynamical-parameter properties reflected in the wave equations of motion. On the other hand, to strengthen my arguments for a transcendental factor of temporality, I attempt an interpretation of some relevant conclusions in the work of J. Eccles (1992) and of certain results of experimental research of S. Deahaene et al. (2005) and others.



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