The purpose of the present paper is to make a case for the reality of experience by conceptualizing it in terms of self-sustaining embodied context, as opposed to subjective or mental properties entailed in physical bodies. In need of a way to refer to the pat- terns we find in embodied context (i.e., experience) without using terms derived from physical-mental, objective-subjective dialectics, we examine the utility of discussing embodied context in terms of presence. At its core, presence refers to the persistent Now that runs through all our experiences, and stands in contrast to the'block universe' approach to reality. We then examine how the notion of embodied context speaks to the conceptualization of time entailed in the concept of presence, while simultaneously addressing the notions of bodies, intentionality, and phenomenology in a manner that is consistent with the notion of presence, yet renders presence causal and, therefore, non-epiphenomenal.
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Publication date: January 1, 2017