Absolute Time: Rifts in Early Modern British Metaphysics explores the development of absolute time during one of Britain’s richest metaphysical periods, from the 1640s to the 1730s. This study is the first of its kind, although it connects to several existing bodies of literature. The Introduction places Absolute Time in the existing literature, and details it scope with regard to geography, historical period, and topic. The Introduction also sets out Absolute Time’s general developmental theses. First, the complexity of positions on time (and space) defended during this period is under-appreciated. Second, three distinct kinds of absolutism appeared during this wedge of philosophical history: Morean, Gassendist, and Newtonian. Finally, the Introduction provides an overview of the coming chapters.
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