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finitude n : the quality of being finite [syn: finiteness, boundedness] [ant: infiniteness]

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  1. Limitation, finiteness.


  • 1992 Joan Stambaugh The Finitude of Being
    Given his conception of time and space, a conception that is quite different from traditional views, finitude cannot mean only that something objectively present has limits in space and time. To begin with, being is in no possible sense of the word a being or a thing. Thus, these two points - the radically altered conception of time and space, and the fact that being cannot be represented as an objectively present being or thing - make it necessary to inquire into a meaning of finitude that goes being mere limitation in time and space.

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