Temporal Passage and Spatial Metaphor

  • N. Lawrence


The subject of time is so multifaceted that the papers we read to one another are extremely diverse. Each of us must take only one small area and explicate a few of its features. The casual observer might wonder, “Are these pundits really talking about the same thing?” I believe we are, and that part of our task is to explore ways of drawing together the diversity of interests.


World Line Objective World Time Sense Temporal Passage Spatial Metaphor 
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