By Jan Lloyd Jones

ISBN-10: 1740971736

ISBN-13: 9781740971737

What then is time?' wrote St Augustine. 'If not anyone asks me i do know. If I desire to clarify it, i do know not'. Time is a not easy suggestion for philosophers, yet no much less so for the artist, critic, and paintings theorist. The participants to this selection of essays, who signify humanities disciplines from universities around the world, have taken up this problem, delivering quite a number views at the subject 'Art and Time'.  Read more...

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IV, 13, 222a 17; also 223 a 22–3. 16 “The ‘continuous’ is a subdivision of the contiguous: things are called continuous when the touching limits of each become one and the same and are, as the word implies, contained in each other: continuity is impossible if these extremities are two”. Aristotle, Phys. V, 3, 227a 10–15. , VI, 3, 234 a 3–24, where Aristotle says that the present is something that is an extremity of the past (no part of the future being on this side of it) and also of the future (no part of the past being on the other side of it).

But such changes do not affect the substance of changing beings, as they are only accidental changes: 36 Art, Eternity, Aevum, Time something that differentiates it from time. This notion of aevum, as a middle term between eternity and time, is a result of the controversy following the acceptance of Aristotle’s works by the universities, since the question of the time-eternity relationship was associated with the world-God relationship. For Aquinas, only God is eternal. Bodily creatures, subjected to generation and corruption, exist in time.

Hence also the argument with regard to human freedom — and its need to be guided and disciplined — in Purgatorio XVI. 73ff, so central thematically, as well as numerically, to the cantica. This freedom is exercised eminently in the art of poetry, where self-fashioning through interpretation opens up possibilities for freedom vis-à-vis one’s whole world of experience. The Purgatorio teaches that a genuine participation in divine reality is fashioned over time by assiduous human effort, and poetry is exalted as the model for this human endeavour of self-fashioning in the divine image.

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