Kalam Theory Of Atomic Time

This theory of time was developed by Arab philosophers in the tenth- and eleventh-centuries A.D. and sought to demonstrate the total dependence of the material world on the will of the Supreme Being or "sole agent." In Islam, the term kalam is derived from the phrase kalam Allah (Arabic: "word of God"), which refers to the Qur'an, the sacred scripture of Islam. The kalam theory of atomic time states that temporal entities called "atoms" are isolated by "voids," and their configurations are governed not by natural events or forces but by the will of the "sole agent;" thus, according to this viewpoint, time is ultimately under the control of the Supreme Being or the "sole agent.". See also ARISTOTLE'S TIME THEORY/PARADOX; EARLY GREEK AND LATER PHILOSOPHICAL THEORIES OF TIME; PLOTINUS' THEORY OF TIME; ST. AUGUSTINE'S PARADOX OF TIME; TIME, THEORIES OF. REFERENCES

Maimonides, M. (1927). The guide for the perplexed. New York: Dover. Harrison, E. (1994). Atomicity of time. In S.

Macey (Ed.), Encyclopedia of time. New York: Garland.

KAMIN EFFECT. See BLOCKING, PHENOMENON OF; MOWRER'S THEORY.

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