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Measure of Times Past Pre-Newtonian Chronologies and the Rhetoric of Relative Time

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ISBN-10: 0226897222

ISBN-13: 9780226897226

Edition: 1987

Authors: Donald J. Wilcox

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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.
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Book details

List price: $46.00
Copyright year: 1987
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 11/15/1989
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 302
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

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