Most cultures have some method of measuring time, frequently based on periodical changes within nature or the stars. The oldest of these is the pars-pro-toto method, in which it is not a certain period of time as a whole that is connected, but a regularly recurring phenomenon within that time [1. 9 f.] (e.g. lunar phases). Metaphors of time or the measuring thereof play no grea…
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Cancik-Kirschbaum, Eva (Berlin),
Quack, Joachim (Berlin),
Hollender, Elisabeth (Cologne) and
Toral-Niehoff, Isabel (Freiburg),
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