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Time and Subtle Pictures in the History of Philosophy

Thomas, Emily (2020) 'Time and Subtle Pictures in the History of Philosophy.', Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 120 (2). pp. 97-121.


For centuries, philosophers of time have produced texts containing words and pictures. Although some historians study visual representations of time, I have not found any history of philosophy on pictures of time within texts. This paper argues that studying such pictures can be rewarding. I will make this case by studying pictures of time in the works of Leibniz, Arthur Eddington and C. D. Broad, and argue they play subtle roles. Further, I will argue that historians of philosophy more widely could benefit from paying more attention to pictures.

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Publisher statement:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society following peer review. The version of record (Thomas, Emily (2020). Time and Subtle Pictures in the History of Philosophy. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 120(2): 97-121) is available online at:
Date accepted:12 February 2020
Date deposited:30 June 2021
Date of first online publication:28 May 2020
Date first made open access:28 May 2022

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