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Conceptualizations of Time
Conceptualizations of time

We spend a regular portion of our lives asking the question “What time is it?” We expect and usually receive a relatively precise answer. By contrast, we do not usually scramble the words in the question and ask “What is time?” for we are unlikely to get the kind of straightforward answer that would allow us to move forward, in an uninterrupted fashion, with our daily routine. In fact, asking the latter question lays open the possibility of a kind of phenomenological crisis where the very core of experience and activity is called into question. To question time itself is to question a human construct that undergirds the way that we define reality.

The usually unproblematic nature of the question “What ...

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