Absolute time : rifts in early modern British metaphysics
- Emily Thomas.
- First edition.
- Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018.
- Copyright notice
- Physical description
- 1 online resource.
- Thomas, Emily, 1985- author.
- UPSO eCollections (University Press Scholarship Online) Stanford OSO Jun 2018-May 2019.
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 211-227) and index.
What is time? This is one of the most fundamental questions we can ask. Traditionally, the answer was that time is a product of the human mind, or of the motion of celestial bodies. In the mid-seventeenth century, a new kind of answer emerged: time or eternal duration is 'absolute', in the sense that it is independent of human minds and material bodies. Emily Thomas explores the development of absolute time or eternal duration during one of Britain's richest and most creative metaphysical periods, from the 1640s to the 1730s. She introduces an interconnected set of main characters - Henry More, Walter Charleton, Isaac Barrow, Isaac Newton, John Locke, Samuel Clarke, and John Jackson - alongside a large and varied supporting cast, whose metaphysical views are all read in their historical context and given a place in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century development of thought about time.
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- Time > Philosophy > History > 18th century.
- Metaphysics > History > 17th century.
- Metaphysics > History > 18th century.
- Philosophy > Great Britain > History > 17th century.
- Philosophy > Great Britain > History > 18th century.
- Great Britain > Intellectual life > 17th century.
- Great Britain > Intellectual life > 18th century.
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- 0191845728 electronic book
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