Time, Creation and the Continuum: Theories in Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages

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Is Anything Timeless? Myths about Non-Propositional Thought Mystical Experience in Plotinus and Augustine Time and Creation Did the Universe have a Beginning? The Background Infinity Arguments in Favour of a Beginning Arguments Against a Beginning Timelessness Versus Changelessness in God Creation and Cause Gregory of Nyssa: The Origins of Idealism The Origins of Occasionalism Principles of Causation among Platonists and Christians V. Atoms, Time-Atoms and the Continuum Arguments for Atomism Types of Atomism: Early Developments Atoms and Time-Atoms after Aristotle Atoms and Divisible Leaps in Islamic Thought In addressing these and myriad other issues, Sorabji engages in an illuminating discussion of early thought about time, ranging from Plato and Aristotle to Islamic, Christian, and Jewish medieval thinkers.

Sorabji argues that the thought of these often negelected philosophers about the subject is, in many cases, more complete than that of their more recent counterparts. The canvas is vast, the picture animated, the painter nonpareil.

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This is a classic on the topic and still a recommended source for anyone interested in the three topics listed in the title, but not being a professional philosopher I found it a very tedious read, and it was much too disorganised and unpedagogical for my taste. It is less a coherent book than a collection of tightly focused studies on controversial issues related to the three topics.

It tries to be both historical and philosophical. The historical parts mostly consist in Sorabji assessing oth This is a classic on the topic and still a recommended source for anyone interested in the three topics listed in the title, but not being a professional philosopher I found it a very tedious read, and it was much too disorganised and unpedagogical for my taste.


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  5. The historical parts mostly consist in Sorabji assessing other scholars' attempted recontructions of the positions of ancient authors, and of the arguments for these positions, often based on not altogether reliable, secondhand ancient sources. And the philosophical parts consist in his weighing the arguments themselves insofar as sense can still be made of them and occasionally attempting to shore them up with tweaks of his own. Most of the time, I didn't find Sorabji's own elucidations particularly luminous, nor did I find his own positions very convincing, all the more so as the attempts to connect with modern science are weak and out-of-date, and there is no consideration of the considerable light mathematics can shed on problems such as Zeno's paradoxes.

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