What is time? Eva Brann approaches this question through the study of ten famous texts and through independent reflections. Both approaches drive toward the conclusion that ordinary, natural succession-time has its origin in a very central human experience, that of time's three phases, past, present and future, and that peculiar abuses or pathologies which have powerful human consequences are associated with each phase, as its nature is worked out.
Eva Brann is a member of the senior faculty at St. John's College in Annapolis. This book is part of her trilogy dealing with three central human capacities. The World of Imagination explores our ability to make the absent present. The Ways of Naysaying deals with our ability to deny existence, reality, or being. This component of her trilogy, What, Then, Is Time?, discovers our ability to live with what is no longer, or not yet.