The Discovery of Time

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University of Chicago Press, May 15, 1982 - Philosophy - 280 pages
"A discussion of the historical development of our ideas of time as they relate to nature, human nature and society. . . . The excellence of The Discovery of Time is unquestionable."—Martin Lebowitz, The Kenyon Review
 

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Contents

MEMORIES AND MYTHS
23
Chronicles and Genealogies
24
Myths and Legend
29
SCIENCE WITHOUT HISTORY
33
The Divorce of History from Philosophy
38
Platos CreatorCraftsman
42
Aristotles Eternal Universe
44
Stoics and Epicureans
46
THE EARTH ACQUIRES A HISTORY
141
The Epochs of Nature
142
The Fact of Geological Change
150
The Agents of Geological Change
152
The Perspective of Indefinite Time
155
The Historical TimeBarrier is Broken
159
THE BACKGROUND TO DARWIN
171
Are There Fixed Species in Nature?
172

The Limits of the Classical WorldPicture
49
The Beginnings of Natural History
50
THE AUTHORITY OF THE SCRIPTURES
55
Fundamentalism and Allegory
57
The New Chronology
59
The Mediaeval WorldAllegory
65
The Dream of the Millennium
70
THE REVIVAL OF NATURAL PHILOSOPHY
74
The Fall of the World
75
Descartes Mathematical Philosophy
77
The Theological Consequences of Cartesianism
83
The Blueprints of Creation
87
The Great Chain of Being
96
The EighteenthCentury Commonplaces
101
THE REVIVAL OF CIVIL HISTORY
103
Decay or Progress?
106
The Customs of the Ages
110
Human Nature and Social Change
113
The Myth of the Social Contract
118
Intimations of Progress
121
TIMES CREATIVE HAND
125
Kant and Cosmic Evolution
129
Herder and the Development of Nature
135
The Temporal Sequence of Forms
177
The Problem of Inheritance
184
The Final Impasse
189
LIFE ACQUIRES A GENEALOGY
197
Darwin Recognizes His Problem
199
The Creation of the Origin
204
The Structure of the Origin
206
The Scientific Objections
212
Darwinism and Natural Theology
224
HISTORY AND THE HUMAN SCIENCES
232
The Recognition of Progressive Change
233
Critical History and its Implications
235
The Evolution of Humanity
238
The Flux of Nature
244
TIME AND THE PHYSICAL WORLD
247
The Evolution of Stars and Chemical Elements
250
Astronomy and the Problem of Creation
254
Truth Hypothesis or Myth?
257
Are the Laws of Nature Changing?
263
NATURE AND HISTORY
266
The Evolution of Ideas
269
Index
273
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