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Didier Debaise

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474423045

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474423045.001.0001

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Temporal Dimensions of Actual Entities

Temporal Dimensions of Actual Entities

(p.104) 9 Temporal Dimensions of Actual Entities
Speculative Empiricism

Didier Debaise

, Tomas Weber
Edinburgh University Press

The individuation of actual entities has a beginning and an end. It passes from disjunctive diversity, where it has the character of an ‘aim’, a potentiality, through its being in action, to its satisfaction, at which point it is no longer susceptible to transformations or becomings. The best way of expressing this highly delimited nature of individuation is to use terms like ‘blocks’, ‘blocks of becoming’ or ‘blocks of individuation’. In Some Problems of Philosophy, William James, attempting to account for sensible experience, for perception in immediate experience, develops a notion of what he calls ‘drops of experience’. Divisions within a ‘drop of experience’ are always possible, an analysis into parts or elements can always be performed, and yet to do so would be to lose what is important, namely, that these drops are indivisible totalities. The divisions are ideal; they emerge out of acts of representation which translate what is given in totality into distinct elements. The most concrete experience is that which can be expressed by movements like augmentation, intensification and amplification, movements which reach a point of effective realisation, a point which, at the same time, marks the passage to a new ‘drop of experience’.

Keywords:   Temporal Dimensions, Actual entities, Experience, Hume

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