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Entre temps cyclique et temps linéaire. Temps, littérature, théologie
Between Cyclic and Linear Time. Time, Literature, Theology

Author(s): Evagrina Dîrțu
Subject(s): Philosophy, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Metaphysics, Theology and Religion, Comparative Studies of Religion, Religion and science , Comparative Study of Literature
Published by: Editura Politehnium
Keywords: present vs past vs future; multiverse; diegetic level; cyclic time; linear time;
Summary/Abstract: Our main objective in the present paper is to analyse how time is understood and reflected in some theological and some literary examples, while connecting these perspectives with how science, on the other hand, understood and reflected this dimension of our universe, in different historical periods. We use in our analysis three scientific sources in which the transdisciplinary or the vulgarisation approaches prevail, from which we extract the physical explanations and models. Our starting point is that fiction and religion are often annexes to science in the paradigm of knowledge, as they ask questions and propose answers, in accordance with their own rules, distinct from the ones that science puts forward, but which wonderfully converge so often, that the mirroring is worth bringing to light. Our approach focuses on three main topics, i.e. the issue of the beginning/ending of the universe, the past-present relationship, and the existence of the ‘multiverse’ in relation to the existence of the multiple universes as treated by narratology.

  • Page Range: 167-180
  • Page Count: 11
  • Publication Year: 2022
  • Language: French