The Space of Time: A Sensualist Interpretation of Time in Augustine, Confessions X to XII (Supplements to the Study of Time)
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From Robert Grosseteste to Jean-Francois Lyotard, Augustine s suggestion that time is a dilation of the soul ("distentio animi") has been taken up as a seminal and controversial time-concept, yet in "The Space of Time," David van Dusen argues that this dilation has been fundamentally misinterpreted. Time in "Confessions" XI is a dilation of the "senses" in beasts, as in humans. And Augustine s time-concept in "Confessions" XI is not Platonic but in schematic terms, Epicurean. Identifying new influences on the "Confessions" from Aristoxenus to Lucretius while keeping Augustine s phenomenological interpreters in view, "The Space of Time" is a path-breaking work on "Confessions" X to XII and a ranging contribution to the history of the concept of time."