Time in Philosophy

Philosophy of Time

While in ancient times, Plato gives the time a second-place and he concedes, at most, to be a lower representation of eternity. Kant in the eighteenth century, grew the role of time in which he sees a universal form to capture the phenomena.

From the Latin “tempus”, this concept induces division of the term; It is a moment. It is often seen as a continual and irreversible, where the present becomes the past. According to the philosophical meaning, it is especially homogeneous and undefined, in which events occur. It is so similar to space.

Definition of Philosophers


“Time is not an empirical concept derived from any experience. Indeed, simultaneity or succession would not fall under its own perception, if not the representation of time he used a priori basis. Only under this assumption that one can imagine that something exists at the same time as another (simultaneously) or in different times (successively). ”


– “Time is the number of movement”


“[The author of the world] has been concerned to produce a certain mobile imitation of eternity, and, while holding the sky, he made ​​a still and eternity, this image eternal but moving according to law Numbers, this thing we call Time. ”

– “Time is the moving image of eternity immobile”


“The time of consciousness […] is slipping into the void as a whole detotalization”

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