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216 × 138 mm
176 pages
4 illustrations
13 Apr 2020
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What Is Time? An Enquiry Truls Wyller, Kerri Pierce

We refer to time constantly and we measure its passing – but do we know what it actually is? In What Is Time?, Truls Wyller enquires into time’s complex nature, juxtaposing the latest scientific theories with our personal experience of chronology. The book examines the notion of time in physics, history, religion, anthropology, philosophy and literature, and Wyller concludes by proposing his own theory of time: that the temporal character of any series of events is essentially practical, and derived from human life.

Written from a philosophical perspective, the book gives an accessible, rounded portrait of the nature of time, and is essential reading for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding of the motion of our everyday existence.

Truls Wyller is Professor Emeritus at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim. He is the author of many books, including Objectivity and Self-consciousness (2000) and The Size of Things: An Essay on Space and Time (2010).

Introduction: Which Time?

1 The Clock and its Past: On Traditional and Modern Time Conceptions
2 Physics Time: Einstein
3 Philosophy’s Time: Bergson, Husserl, Heidegger
4 Recurrence Time in Life, Religion, History and Literature
5 Is There Any Time out There?
6 The Human Now

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