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By Jan Lloyd Jones

What then is time?' wrote St Augustine. 'If not anyone asks me i do know. If I desire to clarify it, i do know not'. Time is a demanding thought for philosophers, yet no much less so for the artist, critic, and paintings theorist. The members to this number of essays, who symbolize humanities disciplines from universities world wide, have taken up this problem, offering various views at the subject 'Art and Time'.  Read more...

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Does poetry avoid thinking about time at all, as opposed to thinking in it or with it? Might this be just the kind of time-life-thinking that some philosophers advocate even though qua philosophers they can never do it themselves? Here are some famous examples from poets who are not so much canonized as apotheosized, chosen for the very reason that their reputations seem to transcend time, as well as because collectively they cover the same large-scale time-span as the philosophers already mentioned.

That is, increasing local order is common. Smart’s examples of increasing order, branch systems displaying negative entropy, include footprints in sand, fossil bones and coherent pieces of prose (or, even more, of poetry, I’d add). So within these sub-systems the arrow of entropy seems to fly backwards. If you really dare to disturb the universe, write a poem. Be human. Have a history. The growth of a civilization is negatively entropic; it defeats time, or causes us to re-imagine time. Or: the positive entropy of the whole system is exactly what makes the negative entropy of some sub-systems possible.

He is being punished for betrayal and false counsel; he was not just a Greek, but the Greek most responsible for the fall of Troy, and therefore despicable to Aeneas, Virgil and Dante alike. The terms in which the damned Ulisse describes his voyages to the pilgrim Dante (Considerate la vostra semenza:/ fatti non foste a viver come bruti,/ ma per seguir virtute e canoscenza — “Consider your seed: you were not made to live like brutes, but to follow virtue and knowledge”)18 are humanist terms, and celebrated as they have become they are implicitly rejected by Dante, whose own voyage to Paradise is offered by the poem as 25 Art and Time exemplary.

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