In a recent Twitter feed, I occasioned upon a philosopher-musician’s (Randy Vera, 2013) link to a fascinating article about the interdisciplinary history of time. Intrigued, I sent my thanks to its original sender. His response later that day immediately suspended my own deadline, task-laden time as I considered his simple turn of phrase: “the philosophy of science can’t have ‘time’ to itself.”
Certainly amused by this pun-like double entendre, I found myself considering this short reply throughout the day. The short quip captured something quite significant for me, well beyond its particular context, evoking a sense of the developing and interwoven worlds of Henri Bergson, Teilhard de Chardin, Alfred North Whitehead, Bernard Lonergan and beyond. Addressed to the often hegemonized domain war of scientific objectivity with its potent adversary in the subjectivity-grounded humanities—including all things philosophical, spiritual and religious—the saying discloses an insight worth heeding.