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Life is Short, Art is Long

in On Borrowed Time

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780226886015
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226886039 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226886039.003.0001
Life is Short, Art is Long

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This chapter begins by considering the philosophies of time of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Theophrastus. It then sets out the book's purpose—to reflect on the nature, essence, and sense of time—making use of the stimuli of the “Hippocratic method” (Goethe), even if the latter may at first seem, in its aphoristic concision, far inferior to any theoretically formulated doctrine. The discussions then turn to various notions of time by philosopher and poet Seneca, humanist and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti, and Philip Dormer Stanhope, the Earl of Chesterfield.

Keywords: time; Hippocrates; Aristotle; Theophrastus; Seneca; Leon Battista Alberti; Philip Dormer Stanhope

Chapter.  6896 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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