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Life is Short, Art is Long

Life is Short, Art is Long

Chapter:
(p.1) 1. Life is Short, Art is Long
Source:
On Borrowed Time
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226886039.003.0001

This chapter begins by considering the philosophies of time of Hippocrates, Aristotle, and Theophrastus. It then sets out the book's purpose—to reflect on the nature, essence, and sense of time—making use of the stimuli of the “Hippocratic method” (Goethe), even if the latter may at first seem, in its aphoristic concision, far inferior to any theoretically formulated doctrine. The discussions then turn to various notions of time by philosopher and poet Seneca, humanist and art theorist Leon Battista Alberti, and Philip Dormer Stanhope, the Earl of Chesterfield.

Keywords:   time, Hippocrates, Aristotle, Theophrastus, Seneca, Leon Battista Alberti, Philip Dormer Stanhope

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