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Lexophiles’ Locale: Latin Edition

In Christopher Hitchens’ latest Vanity Fairpiece he uses a wonderful Latin phrase that is worth sharing. 


sub specie aeternitatis  “from the viewpoint of eternity”

Wikipedia writes: 

Sub specie aeternitatis, from the Philosophical Dictionary,[1] Latin for “under the aspect of eternity”; hence, from Spinoza onwards, an honorific expression describing what is universally and eternally true, without any reference to or dependence upon the merely temporal portions of reality. 

In clearer English, sub specie aeternitatis roughly means “from the perspective of the eternal”. Even more loosely, the phrase is used to describe an alternate or objective point of view.

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