Taneli Kukkonen

in The Oxford Handbook of Medieval Philosophy

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195379488
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

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This article points to some of the ways in which future research into medieval philosophy might help the discussion of eternity break out of its present confines, and examines some modern takes on Boethius, Neoplatonic influences, historicity, and sempiternity. It notes that the Middle Ages' enquiries into the nature of eternity were invariably and intimately intertwined with ontological concerns. Another observation that arises from a comparison of the historical and contemporary readings is that, at the heart of the controversy regarding the temporal and atemporal interpretations of eternity, is a fundamental difference in philosophical intuitions regarding questions of time and knowledge.

Keywords: timelessness; medieval philosophy; Boethius; sempiternity; ontological concerns

Article.  11536 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy ; History of Western Philosophy

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