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Surveying the key evidence, options, theories, and speculations that infuse our current comprehension of time, the Encyclopedia of Time: technology, Philosophy, Theology, & tradition explores the contributions of scientists, philosophers, theologians, and artistic artists from precedent days to the current. by means of drawing jointly into one assortment rules from students around the world and in quite a lot of disciplines, this Encyclopedia will offer readers with a better knowing of and appreciation for the elusive phenomenon skilled as time.


Surveys ancient considered time, together with these rules that emerged in old Greece, early Christianity, the Italian Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment, and different periods

Covers the unique and lasting insights of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, physicist Albert Einstein, thinker Alfred North Whitehead, and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Discusses the importance of time within the writings of Isaac Asimov, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Fyodor M. Dostoevsky, Francesco Petrarch, H. G. Wells, and various different authors

Contains the contributions of naturalists and religionists, together with astronomers, cosmologists, physicists, chemists, geologists, paleontologists, anthropologists, psychologists, philosophers, and theologians

Includes artists portrayals of the fluidity of time, together with painter Salvador Dalis The endurance of reminiscence and the invention of the US by means of Christopher Columbus, and writers Gustave Flauberts The Temptation of Saint Anthony and Henryk Sienkiewiczs Quo Vadis

Provides a really interdisciplinary procedure, with discussions of Aztec, Buddhist, Christian, Egyptian, Ethiopian, Hindu, Islamic, Navajo, and plenty of different cultures conceptions of time

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Although in his Dialectica (c. 1117), Abelard still follows the realist approach of many of his contemporaries, in his Logica Ingredientibus (c. 1119) he moves toward an ontologically more parsimonious position. According to him, time has to be understood as “a quantity according to the permanence of which we measure the existence of all things, when we show something to be, to have been or to come into being at a certain existing time (quaedam quantitas [ . . ” Abelard contradicts the suggestion that everything has its own time, while arguing for one single time which is suited to measure everything, including itself.

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