The Syntax of Time

The Phenomenology of Time in Greek Physics and Speculative Logic from Iamblichus to Anaximander


The fourth century Neoplatonist Iamblichus, interpreting Plotinus on the topic of time, incorporates a ‘diagram of time’ that bears comparison to the figure of double continuity drawn by Husserl in his studies of time. Using that comparison as a bridge, this book seeks a phenomenological recovery of Greek thought about time. It argues that the feature of motion that the word ‘time’ designates in Greek differs from what most modern scholarship has assumed, that the very phenomenon of time has been misidentified for centuries. This leads to corrective readings of Plotinus, Aristotle, Parmenides, and Heraclitus, all looking back to the final phrase of the fragment of Anaximander, from which this volume takes its title: “according to the syntax of time.”

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Peter Manchester, Ph.D. (1972) in Philosophical Theology, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Stony Brook University. He has published on Augustine, Parmenides, Plotinus, Iamblichus, and Aristotle, and on "Eternity" in the Encyclopedia of Religion (1987).
'...this well produced, although expensive, book is definitely a serious contribution in the area of the philosophy of time, and can be recommended to scholarly libraries and individuals working in the field'
Eugene V. Afonasin, BMCR, 2006.
All those interested in the philosophy of time, phenomenology, speculative logic, the history of Greek philosophy; Plotinus, Aristotle, Parmenides, or Heraclitus in particular, or intellectual history in general.
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