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The Measure of Times Past : Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time - Donald J. Wilcox

The Measure of Times Past

Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time

Paperback Published: 1st January 1987
ISBN: 9780226897226
Number Of Pages: 302

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In this extraordinary work, Donald J. Wilcox seeks to discover an approach to narrative and history consistent with the discontinuous, relative time of the twentieth century. He shows how our B.C./A.D. system, intimately connected to Newtonian concepts of continuous, objective, and absolute time, has affected our conception and experience of the past. He demonstrates absolute time's centrality to modern historical methodologies and the problems it has created in the selection and interpretation of facts. Inspired by contemporary fiction and Einsteinian concepts of relativity, he concludes his analysis with a comparison of our system with earlier, pre-Newtonian time schemes to create a radical new critique of historical objectivity.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Rise and Fall of Absolute Time
The Relative Time of Herodotus and Thucydides
The Time of the Oecumene
The Time of the Incarnation
The Time of the Renaissance
The Dating of Absolute Time
Conclusion: The Truths of Relative Time
Epilogue
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780226897226
ISBN-10: 0226897222
Series: Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 302
Published: 1st January 1987
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.0 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.42
Edition Type: New edition