Chapter 6 Time and spatial metaphors

Time is the longest distance between two places.

Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie1

The endeavour to investigate time regularly and perhaps inevitably involves the spatial dimension. The paradox, however, is that the two concepts refer to different aspects of our experience. As it has been humorously put:

We can move in space exactly as we please – or stay seated if we prefer. Time, by contrast, appears to carry us along with it. The next morning dawns whether we like it or not, and once it is there, there is no going back. We don’t get any younger.

(Klein 2006: 231)

There are essential epistemological differences relating to each concept, the most striking being that contrary to the concept of space ...

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