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Rationality, Time, and Self


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
    Pages 1-9
  3. Indexicals and Rationality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
    2. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 13-37
    3. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 39-64
  4. Rationality

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 65-65
    2. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 67-90
    3. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 91-119
    4. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 121-142
  5. The Reality of Tense and Emergence of the Self

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 143-143
    2. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 145-168
    3. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 169-202
    4. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 203-230
    5. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 231-252
    6. Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
      Pages 253-265
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 267-273

About this book


This book provides a new argument for the tensed theory of time and emergentism about the self. This argument derives in part from theories which establish our nature as rational and emotional beings whose behavior is responsive to reasons which are facts. It is argued that there must be reasons, hence facts, that can only be captured by tensed and/or first-personal language if our behavior is to be by and large rational and appropriate. This establishes the tensed theory of time and emergentism or dualism about the self, given the physical body can plausibly be fully described non-first-personally. In the course of this discussion the book also clarifies and defends a notion of fact and responds to McTaggart’s paradox and Wittgenstein’s private language argument.


Emotion Externalism Mind Metaphysics Ethics tensed tenseless

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyDurham UniversityDurhamUnited Kingdom

About the authors

Olley Pearson is currently Teaching Fellow in the philosophy department at Durham University, UK, where he was previously a Research Fellow. He has published papers on various topics including the nature of time, the emotions, the first person, and emergence.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Rationality, Time, and Self
  • Authors Olley (F.O.C.H.) Pearson
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-71972-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-10138-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-71973-3
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 273
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Metaphysics
    Philosophy of Mind
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“In this lucid and thorough book, Olley Pearson argues that reasons, including motivational reasons are facts rather than beliefs. Moreover, they are indexical facts (involving I and now). He infers a tensed theory of time and emergentism about the self. This is a serious challenge to widely held theories. I highly recommend it.” (Peter Forrest, Adjunct Professor of Philosophy, School of Humanities, University of New England, Australia)