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Chapters examine the topological properties of time: the properties that determine its shap Chapters examine the topological properties of time: the properties that determine its shape and structure. Chapter 6 investigates the metrical properties of time: the properties pertaining to time when it is considered as a measure. Chapter 7 looks at the criteria, factors, and language which 13th century thinkers typically took as entailing that a particular would be in time. Chapter 8 explores how 13th century thinkers discussed existence outside of time, particularly as it was applied to aeviternity and aeviternal beings.
Chapter 9 examines the content of the medieval concept of eternity, and how these ideas are best rendered in contemporary language. Keywords: time , Thomas Aquinas , 13th century , eternity , metric , atemporality , God. Forgot password? Don't have an account? All Rights Reserved. Kurt Vonnegut, through fiction, takes up the same questions as Augustine all those centuries before.
He is also looking at the relationship between the present moment and what had happened before. And then he takes it one step further than Augustine to look at the future. His main character, Billy Pilgrim, is constantly unstuck in time. He is abducted by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore.
They experience time almost as if it was a mountain range.
It is just there. Everything that happens is there and solid.
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And on earth human beings can see just whatever moment they are in. But, Billy Pilgrim has the ability to do what the Tralfamadorians can do. He can transcend time. What I find intriguing about all this is that Vonnegut tried so many times to write the story of his memories of the bombing of Dresden and he kept failing. And, finally with Slaughterhouse Five , he wrote this outrageous story about time travel. That was his way of getting to grips with the horror that he lived with. His character Billy Pilgrim lives through the bombing of Dresden and he goes back and forth to Tralfamadore.
There is one beautiful bit where he describes how Billy Pilgrim experienced the bombing of Dresden backwards. The bombs fly up to the airplane, then they go back to the factory and the parts go to the places where the parts came from and eventually back to the mines where the metal is mined. And all this is seen in slow motion. Even though he is no philosopher Vonnegut is still able to ask the questions that all of us think about — how time affects our lives.
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This is another novelist and a lot of the book is not about time and eternity. It is more about human relationships. But Kundera does keep picking up the question of human existence in time. He wants to know what is happening about our existence in relation to the ephemeral present, which comes and goes so quickly. Since we are stuck in this ever-moving moment, how do the past and future relate to that, and what difference do moral choices make over a lifetime?
What is the meaning of our existence? We are stuck in this ever-moving moment, and how does the past relate to that? And then when he considers that he asks himself whether Nietzsche was serious about this, and what difference it would make if he was right. He says, yes life is meaningless because you have no way to get out of this cycle.
It is hell because all the bad things will happen again.
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And he puts it this way: if every second of our lives recurs an infinite number of times, we are nailed to eternity as Jesus Christ was nailed to the cross. It is a terrifying prospect… There is an infinite difference between a Robespierre who occurs only once in history and a Robespierre who eternally returns, chopping off heads.
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Kundera was living in Czechoslovakia at the time of Soviet occupation. In a way, it is a very Eastern European Cold War take on what it is to be stuck in time. The main character is paralysed between life at that moment and whatever there might be that has meaning. How does your next book tackle the question of The Difference between Temporal and Eternal? This is the book by Juan Eusebio Nieremberg. Community Showcase More. Follow TV Tropes.
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