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Eternity
Eternity
in common parlance is an infinitely long period of time. In classical philosophy, however, eternity is defined as what exists outside time while sempiternity is the concept that corresponds to the colloquial definition of eternity. Eternity
Eternity
is an important concept in many religions, where the god or gods are said to endure eternally. Some, such as Aristotle, would say the same about the natural cosmos in regard to both past and future eternal duration, and like the eternal Platonic forms, immutability was considered essential.[1]

Contents

1 Philosophy 2 Symbolism 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Philosophy[edit] See also: Philosophy of space and time Aristotle
Aristotle
argued that the cosmos has no beginning. In Aristotle's Metaphysics, eternity is the unmoved mover (God), understood as the gradient of total synergy ("produces motion by being loved").[2] Boethius
Boethius
defined eternity as "simultaneously full and perfect possession of interminable life".[3] Symbolism[edit] Eternity
Eternity
is often symbolized by the image of a snake swallowing its own tail, known as the Ouroboros
Ouroboros
(or Uroboros). The circle is also commonly used as a symbol for eternity, as is the mathematical symbol of infinity,

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.[citation needed] Symbolically, it suggests that Eternity
Eternity
has no beginning or end.

The Ouroboros

The "endless knot," a symbol of eternity used in Tibetan Buddhism

Infinity
Infinity
symbol variations

This folk-art allegorical map titled "The 3 Roads to Eternity" is based on Matthew 7:13-14 Bible Gateway by the woodcutter Georgin François in 1825.

See also[edit]

Wikiquote has quotations related to: Eternity

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Eternity.

Aeon Armenian eternity sign Chronology
Chronology
of the universe Eternalism (philosophy of time) Eternal return God
God
and eternity Philosophical presentism Planck epoch Time
Time
perception Temporal finitism

References[edit]

^ "Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Eternity". Plato.stanford.edu. Retrieved 2016-06-13.  ^ Yu, Jiyuan The Structure of Being in Aristotle’s Metaphysics Springer, 2003, p. 188 ^ Boedder, Bernard. "Natural Theology". University of Notre Dame. Retrieved March 15, 2015. Aeternitas est interminablis vitae tota simul et perfecta possessio 

External links[edit]

Look up eternity in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/eternity/ Entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy on Eternity. http://www.iep.utm.edu/g/god-time.htm Entry in the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy on the relationship between God
God
and Time.

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