Journal of Philosophy of Life

An international peer-reviewed open access journal dedicated to the philosophy of life, death, and nature, supported by the Project of Philosophy and Contemporary Society, Advanced Research Center for Human Sciences, Waseda University


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Human Life and Deep Time

Ben G. Yacobi

Journal of Philosophy of Life Vol.11, No.2 (December 2021):173-178




Human life is confined within the narrow limits of time and space. This relatively brief existence shapes human perception of life against the unknowability of both the ultimate beginning and the ultimate end of time, and it provides the context for thoughts and aspirations within the limited perspective bound by immeasurable eternities of past and future. To understand this human condition, it is essential to perceive life in the broader perspective of deep time in which all things fade into oblivion. This may lead humanity to a greater appreciation of the present and to a more humble view of its place in the universe.

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