Time: Limits and Constraints


The nature of time has haunted humanity through the ages. Some conception of time has always entered into our ideas about mortality and immortality, and permanence and change, so that concepts of time are of fundamental importance in the study of religion, philosophy, literature, history, and mythology. How humanity experiences time physiologically, psychologically, and socially enters into the research of the behavioral sciences, and time as a factor of structure and change is an essential consideration of the biological and physical sciences. This volume presents selected essays from the 13th triennial conference of the International Society for the Study of Time: "Time: Limits and Constraints." The essays are grouped around subthemes relating to this theme: Theory and Empirie, The Limits of Duration, Creative Constraints, and Final Questions. The ISST has as its goal the interdisciplinary and comparative study of time.

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Jo Alyson Parker, Ph.D. (1989) in English, University of California-Irvine, is Professor and Chair of English at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Her publications include The Author's Inheritance: Henry Fielding, Jane Austen, and the Establishment of the Novel (1989), Narrative and Chaos Theory in Sterne, Proust, Woolf, and Faulkner (2007), and, with Michael Crawford and Paul A. Harris, Time and Memory (Brill, 2007).

Paul A. Harris, Ph.D. (1991) in English, University of California-Irvine, is Professor of English at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. His publications include, with Michael Crawford, Time and Uncertainty (Brill, 2004), and, with Jo Alyson Parker and Michael Crawford, Time and Memory (Brill, 2007). He is Co-Editor of SubStance: A Journal of Theory and Literary Criticism and President of the International Society for the Study of Time.

Christian Steineck, Dr. phil. (1999) in Philosophy, Bonn University, is Professor of Japanology at Zurich University. His main interest is in philosophy of culture, and he has published extensively on mysticism, medieval Japanese Zen Buddhism, and Bioethics.
Contributors include Jo Alyson Parker, Paul A. Harris, Christian Steineck, J.T. Fraser, Carlos Montemayor, Peter Hancock, Jonathan Tallant, Friedl Weinert, Heike Klippel, Tyler Ochoa, Florian Klapproth, Johns Streamas, Robin Lucy, Deirdre McMahon, Carole Fischer, Laura Pattillo, Katherine Weiss, Marc Botha, Helen Sills, Steven Ostovich, Frederick Turner, William R. Lafleur
All those interested in the interdisciplinary study of time, including historians, literary theorists, musicologists, philosophers, physicists, psychologists, sociologists, and theologians.
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