Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology was an interdisciplinary three-year project funded by the AHRC, led by Christoph HoerlLink opens in a new window (Philosophy, Warwick) and Teresa McCormack (Psychology, Queen's University Belfast), which ran from 2017 until 2020.
The aim of the project was to provide an empirically informed critical examination of the relationship between our everyday understanding of time, and time as typically understood within modern science. Philosophers often claim that there is a deep gulf between common sense and science when it comes to how each of them understands what time is. Specifically, they are assumed to involve radically different commitments regarding the metaphysics of time. The project aimed to investigate the extent to which research on the psychology of time actually bears this out, or might indeed also point to ways of bridging this perceived gulf.
The project began in January 2017, and has also involved three post-doctoral research fellows: two in philosophy, Alison FernandesLink opens in a new window and Jack ShardlowLink opens in a new window, and one in psychology, Ruth LeeLink opens in a new window. Project activities included a series of workshops, international conferences and public performances in collaboration with arts groups.