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"A discussion of the historical development of our ideas of time as they relate to nature, human nature and society... The excellence of The Discovery of Time is unquestionable."—Martin Lebowitz, The Kenyon Review
Acknowledgements Authors' Foreword Introduction: The Problem of Historical Inference
1. Memories and Myths Chronicles and Genealogies Myths and Legends
2. Science without History Historical Cosmology in Miletos The Divorce of History from Philosophy Plato's Creator-Craftsman Aristotle's Eternal Universe Stoics and Epicureans The Limits of the Classical World-Picture The Beginnings of Natural History
3. The Authority of the Scriptures Christianity and History Fundamentalism and Allegory The New Chronology The Mediaeval World-Allegory The Dream of the Millennium
4. The Revival of Natural Philosophy The Fall of the World Descartes' Mathematical Philosophy The Theological Consequences of Cartesianism The Blueprints of Creation The Great Chain of Being The Eighteenth-Century Commonplaces
5. The Revival of Civil History The Birth of Historical Criticism Decay or Progress?
The Customs of the Ages Human Nature and Social Change The Myth of the Social Contract Intimations of Progress
6. Time's Creative Hand Vico: the Mendel of History Kant and Cosmic Evolution Herder and the Development of Nature
7. The Earth Acquires a History The Epochs of Nature The Fact of Geological Change The Agents of Geological Change The Perspective of Indefinite Time The Historical Time-Barrier is Broken
8. The Background to Darwin Are There Fixed Species in Nature?
The Temporal Sequence of Forms The Problem of Inheritance The Final Impasse
9. Life Acquires a Genealogy Darwin Recognizes His Problem The Creation of the 'Origin'
The Structure of the 'Origin'
The Scientific Objections Darwinism and Natural Theology
10. History and the Human Sciences The Recognition of Progressive Change Critical History and its Implications The Evolution of Humanity The Flux of Nature
11. Time and the Physical World The Evolution of Stars and Chemical Elements Astronomy and the Problem of Creation Truth, Hypothesis or Myth?
Are the Laws of Nature Changing?
Epilogue: Nature and History The Evolution of Ideas Index