Date of Award

Spring 1983

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



Committee Director

Marian L. Pauson

Committee Member

William A. Sturm

Committee Member

W. Francis Ryan

Call Number for Print

Special Collections LD4331.H85H37


Time in its inward form may be able to provide a significance which sustains the human spirit. If this is true, it becomes unnecessary to seek an enduring significance for life in the transcendent.

Western man's attitudes toward time are a composite of religious, historical, and cultural assumptions. The Christian model of time supported man by its emphasis on God's interventions in the world. The scientific model of time left man adrift in an objective world. The ascendancy of the scientific model brought a devaluation of both time and human life.

Bergson, Husserl, and Merleau-Ponty all describe a type of duration that sustains the human spirit. Each philosopher, in his own way, believes that consciousness of time forms an essential part of the deepest self of each individual. Within this partnership of psyche and time, the structure of each moment carries its own duration and a deepened dimension.


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