How Time Is Instantaneous Or Always Changing

1173 Words May 9th, 2016 5 Pages
The essence of time has been a topic of discussion between many philosophers. From Aristotle to Wallace, there have been many theories in between discussing how time is instantaneous or always changing. Time could be considered as clock time, world time, or the stretching between the limits of life and death. The later is the topic that will be discussed in depth in the following paragraphs. Time can be limited by life or can define life, and by defining life it defines identity and is limited by the death of the self.
Wallace sees time as originary temporality. This originary temporality is also known as the stretching between the limits of life and death. This view of time allows for an understanding of time where it can be given as such. There’s a limit, and now time can be given as such ... as a whole, which means one can have some understanding of the self. This stretching allows everything at once as a whole giving the chance to have being, to have identity, because it gives a present. This present is only now, and the only now. It cannot be something in the future. It must be now; it is the only way to experience the now. Human beings are stuck between the limits of birth and death, but not empirical death. By “death,” the originary temporality means a limit that conditions life its self, since the soul is infinite. Death is not an event. Death is not some point in time off in the future. The limit of “death” creates a condition that defines who human beings are.…
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