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Temporal Cognition And The Return Of The Now

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Indeed, Aristotle's current argument asserting time's relationship to magnitudes of motion seems related to a general understanding on Aristotle's part of temporal cognition as developing and maturing only in association with motion and change in our surrounding environment. It may be helpful to think of memory's role in Aristotle's account of occurrent temporal cognition in terms of contemporary notion of short-term memory - that is, memory as it continually interacts or interfaces with experience, prior to whatever additional processes are needed to "fix" our experiences if they are to be retained long-term. The sort of cognitional structure Aristotle glosses for temporal awareness does not seem unique to temporality, or temporal cognition. It seems important to Aristotle, however, that we do not understand the relationship he asserts between time and number to imply that time is as such a mathematical entity, or as such a certain sort of number or mode of quantification.

Keywords: Aristotle; cognitional structure; temporal cognition



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