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The Resource Infinity, faith, and time : Christian humanism and Renaissance literature, John Spencer Hill

Infinity, faith, and time : Christian humanism and Renaissance literature, John Spencer Hill

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Infinity, faith, and time : Christian humanism and Renaissance literature
Title
Infinity, faith, and time
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Christian humanism and Renaissance literature
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John Spencer Hill
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eng
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In Part 1 Hill examines the effect of the idea of spatial infinity on seventeenth-century literature, arguing that the metaphysical cosmology of Nicholas of Cusa provided Renaissance writers, such as Pascal, Traherne, and Milton, with a way to construe the vastness of space as the symbol of human spiritual potential. Focusing on time in Part 2, Hill reveals that, faced with the inexorability of time, Christian humanists turned to St Augustine to develop a philosophy that interpreted temporal passage as the necessary condition of experience without making it the essence or ultimate measure of human purpose. Hill's analysis centres on Shakespeare, whose experiments with the shapes of time comprise a gallery of heuristic time-centred fictions that attempt to explain the consequences of human existence in time. Infinity, Faith, and Time reveals that the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries were a period during which individuals were able, with more success than in later times, to make room for new ideas without rejecting old beliefs.--
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1943-
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Hill, John Spencer
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809.93384
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illustrations
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index present
Literary form
non fiction
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bibliography
Series statement
McGill-Queen's studies in the history of religion. Series two
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  • European literature
  • Infinite in literature
  • Time in literature
  • Christianity in literature
  • Christianity and literature
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Infinity, faith, and time : Christian humanism and Renaissance literature, John Spencer Hill
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Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-193) and index
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nc
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rdacarrier.
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text
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txt
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rdacontent.
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FIEb17499574
Dimensions
24 cm.
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xiv, 200 pages
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9780773516618
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unmediated
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rdamedia.
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n
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illustrations
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(OCoLC)39339869
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Infinity, faith, and time : Christian humanism and Renaissance literature, John Spencer Hill
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [157]-193) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb17499574
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xiv, 200 pages
Isbn
9780773516618
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)39339869

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