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Of Time, Passion, and Knowledge - Julius Thomas Fraser

Of Time, Passion, and Knowledge

Paperback Published: 1st April 1990
ISBN: 9780691024370
Number Of Pages: 548

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"Only a wayfarer born under unruly stars would attempt to put into practice in our epoch of proliferating knowledge the Heraclitean dictum that men who love wisdom must be inquirers into very many things indeed.'" Thus begins this remarkable interdisciplinary study of time by a master of the subject. And while developing a theory of "time as conflict," J. T. Fraser does offer "many things indeed"--an enormous range of ideas about matter, life, death, evolution, and value.

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"This is an extremely valuable and unusual book--original, witty, and aware of immense ranges of contemporary thought."--David Park, Washington Post Book World "This is an important book about an important subject, the nature of time... [Fraser] draws upon the spectrum of disciplines and illustrates that the theme of time can provide a common ground for discourse between specializations. The coverage is wide, and the book is tightly packed with information, but Fraser's driving enthusiasm makes it interesting and enriching."--Francis C. Haber, American Scientist

The Arguments of Time
Foreword to the Second Editionp. xv
Ascent--By Way of Introductionp. 3
Some Ideas about Philosophy
Arrows, Thoughts, and Experiences
Organization of the Material
The Glass Wall
The Intellectual Quest
Representative Ideas of Time in Western Thoughtp. 11
Aegean Beginnings
Zeno and His Virtual Disjunctions
Plato and Aristotle
The Eastern Mediterranean
Christianity and Patristic Philosophy
The Schoolmen and the Late Middle Ages
The Renaissance
Kant and Critical Philosophy
Hegel and the Dialectics of History
The Fragmentation of Philosophy
Oriental Concepts of Timep. 39
Time in China's Past
India and the Eternal Present
Japan and the Unity of Opposites
Being, Becoming, and Existential Tensionp. 43
The Empirical Search
Selected Regularities: Predictable Futuresp. 47
The Skies, Seasons, and Epochs
The sun, the moon, and some "hours"
The moon, calendars, and more "hours"
Calendars and chronologies
The Flow of Water and Sand
Burning Rates
Controlled Oscillations of Large Bodies
Controlled Vibrations of Small Bodies
Clocks and Clockwatchersp. 64
The Stuff that Clocks Are Made ofp. 68
Time Scales
Events and Processes
The Seeker
The Perception and Conception of Children and Ideasp. 72
The Error of Misplaced Precision
The Difficulty of Regressive Sharing
Universes of Perception
Three Modules of the Short-term Presentp. 76
The Physiological Present in Man, and Its Structure
The Creature Present of Animals
The Psychological Present
The Mental Presentp. 81
... Memory and Recall
... Language
... Permanence and Change
... Personal Identity
Resolutions of Perceptual Conflictsp. 91
Images in Heaven and on Earth
The Roots of Time in the Physical World
Aspects of Time and the Manyp. 97
Controlled Randomness
Levels of Causation
Atomicity, Continuity, and Uncertainty
Thermodynamic Arrows of Time
Aspects of Time and the Onep. 114
From Absolute Rest to Absolute Motion
The New Invariant
Clocks and Proper Time
The Astral Geometry of Causs
Matter and Inertia
The Largest Set of Objects
The Living Symmetries of Physicsp. 137
Time Contained: Cosmologies
From Umwelts to the Idea of a Universep. 141
Beginnings: from Chaos to Conflictp. 144
The Inner and the Outer Landscapes
Shift to the Outer Landscape
Cronus versus Faust
The Long Present: How to Deal with Conflictsp. 152
Universal Cosmologies
Cosmic Time as Geometry
Time as History
Ideas of lawfulness
Speculative perspectives
Critical perspectives
Epistemic hurdles
Endings: Estimates of Deathp. 169
Eternalistic Peace
Apocalyptic Tension
The Eschaton in Natural Philosophy
Time Extended: Life
The Cyclic Orderp. 178
The Physiological Clock
Physiological Clocks and Their Zeitgebers
Periodicity, Primitive Life, and Existential Tension
A detour to pathology
Unicellular organisms
Improved bioclocks
Aging and Deathp. 192
Aging of Others
Aging of the Self
Death of Others
Death and the Self
Descent and Suffering
Righteous Life and Sinister Death
Organic Evolutionp. 208
Life in the World at Large
Time and the Origins of Life
Levels of Causation, Uncertainty, and Undeterminacy
The Dynamics of Adaptation
The Mind of the Matter
The Organ of Time Sense
The Advent of the Mindp. 235
Bodies, Minds, and Souls
Philosophical Preferences
Materialistic monism
Idealistic monism
Vitalistic monism
Neutral monism
Psychophysical dualism
Biophysical dualism
Neurological Preferences
Mind as Expectation and Memoryp. 247
Memories and Expectations Concerning Others
Predictions Concerning the Self
The Mind as Strategyp. 257
The Very Complex
Conscious Experience and Free Will
Prediction and Creativity
The Mind as Communicationp. 271
The Gift of Tongues
The Mind in Its Many Settings
Out of the Depths
A Region of Functions between Life and Mindp. 283
The Devil of Viennap. 287
The Sage of Kusnachtp. 294
The Evolution of Conscious Experiencep. 299
Future, Past, and Present
The Experience of Timelessnes
The Origins of Being and Becoming
Some Implications of the Deep Structure of Timep. 313
The beginning and end of time
Atomicity versus continuity of time
Motion and rest
Collective Greatness
Epistemology and the True
Epistemologiesp. 321
Theories of Knowledge as Philosophy
Theories of Knowledge as Biology, Psychology, or Sociology
Knowledge, Truth, and Time
Personality and Attitvides to Timep. 331
Personality and Preferred Ways of Knowingp. 334
Some Individual Preferences
Collective Perceptions of Science as Truth
Divergences, East and West
Psychological predispositions in the Christian West
Theoretical predispositions
The scientific method
The integrative power and the limits of the scientific method
A Psychological Aside Pertaining to the Structure of Knowledgep. 350
A Mathematical Aside Pertaining to the Structure of Knowledgep. 356
Religion, Politics, and the Good
Simple Thoughts about a Difficult Subjectp. 361
The Need for Guidance in Conductp. 364
God and Devil in the Religious Vision
Christianity, Progress, and the Good
Good and Evil and the Political Visionp. 373
The Good of the Polis
The Good of the Technopolis
The Good of Life
The Good, Emergence and Warp. 387
Problems of Stagnation
Problems of War
Duty, Responsibility, and Temporalityp. 394
Arts, Letters, and the Beautiful
From Imitation to Independencep. 398
Aesthetic Adventuresp. 401
The Fine Arts
Poetry and the Novel
The Film
The Freedom of the Beautifulp. 432
Time as Conflict
Temporalitiesp. 436
Transcendencesp. 440
Future and Pastp. 441
The Strategy of Existencep. 443
Abbreviations for Works Frequently Quotedp. 447
Notes and Referencesp. 448
Author Indexp. 509
Subject Indexp. 517
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ISBN: 9780691024370
ISBN-10: 0691024375
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 548
Published: 1st April 1990
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.47 x 15.55  x 3.05
Weight (kg): 0.77
Edition Number: 2