'Time: Between Metaphysics and Psychology' is an interdisciplinary three-year project funded by the AHRC. It will be lead by Christoph Hoerl (Philosophy, Warwick) and Teresa McCormack (Psychology, Queen's University Belfast). Dr Alison Fernandes has taken up a postdoctoral position at the University of Warwick as part of the project.
The overarching aim of this project is 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 aims 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 will start in January 2017, and will involve two post-doctoral research fellows: one in philosophy (years 1 & 2), and one in psychology (years 2 & 3). Planned project activities include a series of workshops and public engagement activities, as well as collaborations with a range of performing arts groups.