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Paul A. Harris

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This paper provides a general overview of emergence, and then examines the role emergence plays in different areas of science and theology, including big history or the evolutionary epic, religious and theistic naturalism. Critical remarks on the notions of time expressed in these discourses are also provided. The paper then assesses J.T. Fraser’s hierarchical theory of time in relation to emergence, and adduces the position Fraser would take with respect to emergence. Finally, the paper concludes with a playful coda from the standpoint of a man of letters, for whom letters have an elemental importance.

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Paul A. Harris

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This essay examines different modes of organizing narrative time and the thinking about time that narrative temporalities make possible. J.T. Fraser’s hierarchical theory of time is framed as a narrative which displays a conflict between subsuming time into form and depicting a natural history of time. Fraser’s work is characterized by an eotemporal narrative time that is able to range freely across a continuous, reversible temporal world. Fraser’s assessment of Samuel Beckett’s plays as depicting a prototemporal cosmos is summarized and then supplemented with reflections on how the prototemporal narrative time of Waiting for Godot enables thought to confront time, death and life in stark clarity.

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Paul A. Harris

This essay discusses the Cretan labyrinth in relation to J.T. Fraser’s concept of eotemporality. The Cretan labyrinth is treated in diverse contexts, including its depiction in mythology and the archaeological attempts to locate it. The topology of the ‘Cretan’ or ‘classical’ labyrinth is analyzed, and a phenomenological account of the temporal experience facilitated by walking the labyrinth is provided.