What are different philosophical perspectives

Time perspectives

Different perspectives on a fundamental dimension of our world

Time is a fundamental dimension in which we move both as biological-physical and as spiritual beings. Time appears in different manifestations: among other things as physical time, as perceived time, as social-intersubjective time and as historical time. Accordingly, the subject of time has always been the subject of fundamental discussions in various philosophical sub-disciplines - from metaphysics to the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind to the history of philosophy and ethics. However, the connections and similarities between these discussions are comparatively little treated. This project aims to partially close this gap and show to what extent certain time-theoretical beliefs and assumptions from one sub-discipline (or one philosophical tradition) have consequences for assumptions in other sub-areas of philosophy. As a result, the project develops its own multi-perspective view of the subject of time without falling prey to a philosophical reductionism.

One of the specific questions that will be dealt with in the course of this project concerns the relationship between time and suffering. Both were and are often thought to be closely linked: historically one might think of Plato, Böhme and Spinoza, for example; With a view to contemporary philosophy, for example, traditions as diverse as phenomenology and analytical philosophy. Again and again it is asserted here that the feeling of suffering presupposes a certain form of awareness of and for the past and the future. And it is precisely at this point, which moves in the border area of ​​metaphysical, spiritual-philosophical and normative questions, that the approaches from these different traditions can be fruitfully related to one another and mutually complemented.

These investigations also allow a distinction to be made between variable and invariant aspects of our conception of time. This distinction also shows possible starting points for a philosophical revisionism. In particular, avoidance of suffering, so the assumption, is only possible through a revision of our conception of time - and such a revision can obviously only take place with regard to the variable aspects of this conception. A particularly simple case of such a variable aspect is current metaphorical idioms that view time as a material substance or economic resource and misleadingly speak of "time savings", "time costs", "time pressure", "time lack" and the like.

Work on the topic:

  • N. Sieroka (2021): Time. In: Online Lexikon Naturphilosophie, ed. by T. Kirchhoff. ISSN 2629-8821.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): Philosophy of Time. Nova Acta Leopoldina 245, pp. 23-41.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): Every year again - or is it? Christmas essay in the Weser-Kurier, December 24-26, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): Thinking Time in Its Diversity - Notes from a Philosophical Perspective. Research & Teaching, December 2020, pp. 976-978.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): How does the pandemic affect our sense of time. Interview Deutschlandfunk Kultur, November 30th, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): The time in times of Corona - Interview with Norman Sieroka, philosopher. Deutschlandfunk, October 25, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): "Does it rest or stand still? How Corona changes our sense of time". Interview for buten & binnen, October 24th, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): Out of Time, Interview for Science Notes - The Magazine for Knowledge and Society, May 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): Sieroka in an interview on Hermann Weyl, Elmshorner Nachrichten, April 15, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): Time in times of Corona, Deutschlandfunk, April 12th, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2020): The past could not be changed even by time travel. Naratek, January 28, 2020.
  • N. Sieroka (2019): Lost, driven away, won, enjoyed - how time cycles our lives. Interview for Deutschlandfunk Kultur, 09/21/2019.
  • N. Sieroka (2019): Time Travel. Short interview for Radio Zürisee, 08/28/2019.
  • N. Sieroka (2019): A keen ear for time travel or how times really tick. Report and interview in: ETH News, August 22, 2019.
  • N. Sieroka (2019): Time travel will remain a dream. Interview in: Tagblatt der Stadt Zürich, August 21, 2019, p. 9.
  • N. Sieroka (2019): And time is always haunted. Interview for ETH Globe, 2/2019, pp. 25-27.
  • N. Sieroka (2019). Time in physics and philosophy. Podcast talk time, University of Design, Schwäbisch Gmünd (Alissa Beer / Dominikus Frank).
  • N. Sieroka (2019): Is the time still ticking right? Interview in: Top Leader (Journal for Executives, Austria), Yearbook 2019, pp. 274-278.
  • N. Sieroka (2018): The Eternal Now. Interview for Medicojournal (culture magazine for doctors, Switzerland), November 2018.
  • N. Sieroka (2018): Philosophy of Time. Basics and Perspectives (C.H. Beck Wissen series). Beck-Verlag, Munich 2018.
    Reviews: Neue Zürcher Zeitung (December 18, 2018), Philosophy Magazin (Issue 6, 2018).
  • N. Sieroka (2018): Always faster? - The time. Interview broadcast Das Philosophische Radio, Westdeutscher Rundfunk (WDR5), September 28, 2018.
  • N. Sieroka (2018): "You can't lose time": The philosopher and physicist Norman Sieroka on time and how to deal with it. Interview in: Doppelpunkt (Kulturmagazin, Schweiz), 43/2018, pp. 18-21.
  • N. Sieroka (2018): Time Thoughts. Interview for enorm (business magazine), 3/2018, pp. 58-65 (64).
  • N. Sieroka (2018): On the trail of time. Interview in: Ladies Drive (Businessmagazin), No 42, 2018, pp. 18-20.
  • N. Sieroka (2017/2018): All ears - Real listening can change the world. Interview for a radio essay on the subject of hearing and time by Doris Weber, Bayerischer Rundfunk / Saarländischer Rundfunk, December 26, 2017 and January 27, 2018.
  • N. Sieroka (2017): Time and Suffering: False Metaphors, (De) synchronous Times, and Internal Dynamics. In: Space, Time, and the Limits of Human Understanding, ed. By S. Wuppuluri and G. Ghirardi. Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 371-380.
  • N. Sieroka (2016): "… means learning to die". In: Beauty, blog series of the Tagesanzeiger, July 29, 2016. Articles online
  • N. Sieroka (2016): Phenomenal Time, Suffering and Suffering Avoidance - An Inventory. Journal for Philosophical Research 70 (1), pp. 47-73.
  • N. Sieroka (2016): The finiteness of one's own life. In: Mensch, blog of the Swiss Portal for Philosophy, 25.01.2016.
  • N. Sieroka (2015): What time is (not) and how we experience it. In: Philosophy in everyday life, blog of the Swiss Portal for Philosophy, June 21, 2015.
  • N. Sieroka (2014): Are we really short of time? And why don't we like defective watches? bso Journal 4/2014, pp. 6-10.
  • N. Sieroka (2014): What is time? Interview / discussion in the television program "scobel", 3sat, 25.09.2014. (YouTube)
  • N. Sieroka (2014): Hear, Hear! (Interview). Tresor 01/2014, pp. 5-7.
  • N. Sieroka (2013): Sense of Time - Perceiving Time. Interview for the radio show "Input", Swiss Radio SRF 3, December 8th, 2013.