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By Jan Lloyd Jones

What then is time?' wrote St Augustine. 'If nobody asks me i do know. If I desire to clarify it, i do know not'. Time is a hard inspiration for philosophers, yet no much less so for the artist, critic, and paintings theorist. The members to this selection of essays, who symbolize humanities disciplines from universities around the globe, have taken up this problem, delivering a number views at the subject 'Art and Time'.  Read more...

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But such changes do not affect the substance of changing beings, as they are only accidental changes: 36 Art, Eternity, Aevum, Time something that differentiates it from time. This notion of aevum, as a middle term between eternity and time, is a result of the controversy following the acceptance of Aristotle’s works by the universities, since the question of the time-eternity relationship was associated with the world-God relationship. For Aquinas, only God is eternal. Bodily creatures, subjected to generation and corruption, exist in time.

9 We don’t even need to know from what past, from what remoteness, or from what strangeness an artwork comes to us. It has a certain presence (Präsenz), and it is not admired as something odd, but as something fascinating. We define something as being “classic” when we have an awareness of the permanent, of the everlasting, of a significance that is independent of every temporal experience. The classic thus becomes a kind of timeless present that involves simultaneity with any present,10 as if it (the classic) were speaking particularly to this specific present.

Similarly, the prologue scene, especially as Freccero teaches that it be read, would demonstrate the futility of all efforts to attain, by the power of human intellect, that is, philosophically, the redeemed state symbolized by the top of Mount Purgatory; rather, the pilgrim has to go down into Hell along the other way (“altro viaggio”), that of conversion, completely surrendering all his human resources in unconditional abandonment to the divine. And again Ulysses, sailing by the guidance exclusively of human virtue and knowledge, “virtute e canoscenza”, with all his stirring rhetoric, belongs to the same constellation of false star-seekers all seeking transcendence through merely human means.

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