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past

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(relativity)
For an event in space-time, all events from which a signal could be emitted that could reach the event in question by traveling at speeds less than or equal to the speed of light.
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The pastness and presence of the past, in both a literary and a more broadly cultural sense are central issues in Giacomo Leopardi's 'Sopra il monumento di Dante.
No romantic, vatic rhetoric or singularized voice of the collective is necessary: a vague but inclusive subject and a negative assertion that shifts intentionally to the future tense is sufficient to register the populist defiance and will that makes the ballad a vital touchstone for political poetry, not just a "thing shot through with pastness.
This ancient volume becomes an enlivened site of interaction, functioning momentarily as one of those "temples of venerated and visitable pastness," as Susan Manning aptly characterizes Irving's perception of old books (1996, xvi).
Rather, what is needed is "a hermeneutical charity towards others" which can respect the past, that is the other pole of disagreement, not for its historical value but for its pastness (p.
The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness of the past, but of its presence; the historical sense compels a man to write not merely with his own generation in his bones, but with a feeling that the whole of the literature of Europe from Homer and within it the whole of the literature of his own country has a simultaneous existence and composes a simultaneous order.
Instead of waging party strife, Butterfield sought to stress what Whig historians as different as Macaulay and Acton had underestimated: the pastness of the past, its inability to guarantee a happy present ending.
Because time-binding relates to all possible views of pastness, presentness, and futurity, it must also include the brain processes involved.
Likewise, in an introduction to his grand project, Realms of Memory (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996-1998), Pierre Nora thus explains that "history is made necessary when people no longer live in memory but become conscious of the pastness of the past and need the aid of written documents to recall it" (1984-92).
God's ancientness is attributable not to his durability but to his pastness.
Present and pastness, time and space intertwine, as Creeley comes to realize love is a bulwark against regret in one direction and despair in another.
The attempt to relinquish the pathos of pastness and print the palimpsestic presentness has imbued Raman's images with a series of thematic and aesthetic counterpoints.
For us to approach the Civil War with the same reflexes we bring to contemporary politics (with the exception that we think radical Republicans back then were the good guys instead of the bad) obscures the pastness of the past, and allows us to adopt a smug pose toward one side.