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The Mechanics Of Time

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This chapter considers numerous conceptions for the way people try to describe time. After first considering each of these conceptions, it argues that the positivistic result of the Enlightenment Project has been to define time in most all modern situations as either the quasi-Kantian experiential now or the Newtonian mechanistic chronology. The hegemony of these post-Enlightenment notions of time in modern thought can skew and mistake our understanding of narratives configured without a conventional view of modern time. For this reason, the chapter proposes an original solution to this impasse: to employ a paradigm for understanding the function of time in narrative that will both get around modern assumptions and shed greater light on the ancient text. It then identifies five functions for the temporal paradigm that is now brought to bear on the Fourth Gospel.

Keywords:Enlightenment Project; Fourth Gospel; Newtonian mechanistic chronology; temporal narrative; time



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