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Absolute time : rifts in early modern British metaphysics

Author: Emily Thomas
Publisher: Oxford, United Kingdom : Oxford University Press, 2018. ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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What is time? This is one of the most fundamental questions we can ask. Emily Thomas explores how a new theory of time emerged in the seventeenth century. The 'absolute' theory of time held that it is independent of material bodies or human minds, so even if nothing else existed (with the possible exception of God) there would be time.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Emily Thomas
ISBN: 9780198807933 0198807937
OCLC Number: 1007085011
Description: xvi, 236 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Scene Setting: Time, Philosophy, and Seventeenth-Century Britain --
Introduction --
A Cook's Tour of the History of Time: From Plato to Descartes --
Antiquity: Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, and Augustine --
The long Middle Ages: Averroes to Suárez --
Descartes --
Time in Early Seventeenth-Century British Philosophy --
British Aristotelianism --
British natural philosophy --
British Platonism --
British materialism --
The Wider British Seventeenth Century Scene --
Henry More and the Development of Absolute Time --
Introduction --
Sketching More's Life and Works --
More's Evolving Views on Time and Duration --
More's Evolving Views on Divine Presence in Space and Time --
More on 'nullibisim' and 'holenmerism' --
More's mature asymmetric account of God's presence in space and time --
The Development of More's Early Views on Time --
Understanding More's Mature Absolutism --
The Influence of More's Account of Absolute Duration --
A Continental Interlude: Time in van Helmont, Gassendi, and Charleton --
Introduclion --
Jan Baptist van Helmont's Platonic Time --
Pierre Gassendi's Space and Time Absolutism --
Walter Charleton and the Reality of Time --
Space and Time in Isaac Barrow: A Modal Relationist Metaphysic --
Introduction --
Sketching Barrow's Life and Works --
Barrow's Texts on Space and Time --
Existing Readings of Barrow on Space and Time --
The first reading: Barrow lacks a deeper metaphysics of space and time --
The second reading: identifying space and time with God's attributes --
The third reading: space and time as unreal containers --
A New Reading of Barrow on Space and Time --
Barrow as a modal relationist --
Modal relationism in Barrow and Leibniz --
An objection to reading Barrow as a modal relationist --
Barrow, Newton, and Leibniz --
Early British Reactions to Absolutism: 1664 to 1687 --
Introduction --
New Gassendist and Morean Absolutists --
Emerging Critics of Absolutism --
Newton's De Gravitatione on God and his Emanative Effects --
Introduction --
Sketching Newton's Life and Works --
The Existing Scholarship on Newtonian Time and Space --
A New Causation Reading of De Gravitatione --
God's Presence in Time and Space --
After De Gravitatione --
Locke: as a Steadfast Relationist about Time and Space --
Introduction --
Sketching Locke's Life and Works --
Locke's 1671-1685 Texts on Time and space --
Locke's 1671 Draft B --
Locke's 1676-1678 journals --
Locke's 1685 Draft C --
A Newtonian Interlude: Locke, Newton, and the 1687 Principia --
Space and Time in Locke's 1690 Essay --
Reading Locke's 1690 Essay as explicitly neutral --
Undermining the absolutist reading of Locke's 1690 Essay --
Reading Locke's 1690 Essay as implicitly relationist --
Later British Reactions to Absolutism: 1690-1704 --
Introduction --
New Gassendist, Morean, and Newtonian Absolutists --
New Critics of Absolutism --
Samuel Clarke's Evolving Morean Absolutism --
Introduction --
Sketching Clarke's Life and Works --
Clarke's Account of Time and Space: Part I --
The existing scholarship --
Clarke's 1704 A Demonstration of the Being and Attributes of God --
Another Newtonian interlude: the 1706 Optice and 1713 Principia --
Clarke's Account of Time and Space: Part II --
Clarke's 1713 1719 letters on time and space --
Clarke's post-1719 texts on lime, space, and deity --
God's Presence in Time and Space --
The existing scholarship --
Why Clarke's God is not extended, nor nullibist --
Clarke's holenmeric God --
In Summary: Clarke, More, and Newton --
Last Battles over Absolutism: 1704 Onwards --
Introduction --
In the Shadows of Giants: Absolutists and Critics 1704 to 1734 --
New British absolutists 1704-1731 --
New British critics of absolutism 1704-1731 --
Edmund Law's 1731 Essay and the storm that followed --
John Jackson on Time --
Sketching Jackson's life and works --
Jackson's 1734 The Existence and Unity of God --
Absolutism and eternalism --
After 1734: The Debate Rolls On.
Other Titles: Rifts in early modern British metaphysics
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