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To see coming: Augustine and Heidegger on the arising and passing away of things

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Augustine, Heidegger, phenomenology, time, cosmology, Confessions, Anaximander, creation

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For both Augustine and Heidegger, the temporality of things leads to a formidable problem in the history of philosophy. If our understanding of ‘what is’ depends on the enduring presence of something, then what are we to make of the fact that the world appears to us as an ever-changing flux? If the universe is the sum of all things arising and passing away, then we should come to see those things as utterly temporal, without thereby ascribing to them a lesser ontological status. But how can we see the world ‘temporally?’ By sketching out these thinkers' treatment of this question alongside one another, we should be able to get a sense of what it means to view the world in a manner more adequate to its temporality.

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Hannan, S. (2012). To See Coming: Augustine and Heidegger on the Arising and Passing Away of Things. Medieval Mystical Theology, 21(1), 75–91.


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