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2. From Timelessness To Time

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This chapter maintains that the evolutionary journey of man may still be described as one from darkness to light but not one from time to the timeless. Rather, it is one from the primitive reality of whatever is timeless, to the immense wealth of whatever is temporal. The chapter outlines a Platonic theory of time and knowledge, one which is consistent with the evolutionary view of the world. It argues that time is not a one-way thrust in which all the phenomena of the world equally partake, but a hierarchy of temporalities ranging from human time to the timeless. The chapter presents the author's case in the form of an epistemic-literary metaphor, as Plato presented his in the narrative of the cave. Thomas Hardy remarked in Far from the Madding Crowd that “the limitation of the capacity is never recognized as a loss by the loser therefrom”.

Keywords: epistemic-literary metaphor; human time; Plato’s cave; Platonic theory; Thomas Hardy

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