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'. a few have interaction with the vast philosophical concerns at stake, a few with the which means of time for specific artists or artworks - from Fra Angelico to Frank Lloyd Wright, from Hamlet to The Lord of the jewelry, from Renaissance dance to rave track. All search a solution to Augustine's query once we ask it within the context of inventive endeavour. As Derek Allan writes within the advent to this assortment, 'Surprisingly little has been written approximately paintings and Time lately, even in these educational disciplines reminiscent of the philosophy of artwork within which one might such a lot count on to come across it'. the subject is, despite the fact that, of accelerating curiosity and this quantity is a reaction to that development. 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.