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The interconnections of time with historical thought and knowledge have come powerfully to the fore since the 1970s. An international group of scholars, from a range of fields including literary theory, history of ideas, cultural anthropology, philosophy, intellectual history and theology, philology, and musicology, address the matter of time and temporalities. The volume’s essays, divided into four main topical groups question critically the key problem of context, connecting it to the problem of time. Contexts, the essays suggest, are not timeless. Time and its contexts are only partly “given” to us: to the primordial donations of time and world correspond our epistemic, moral, and practical modes of receiving what has been granted. The notion of context may have radically different parameters in different historical, cultural, and disciplinary situations. Topics include the deep antiquity, and the timeless time of eternity, as well as formal philosophies of history and the forms of histories implicit in individual and community experience. The medium specific use of time and history are examined with regard to song, image, film, oral narration, and legal discourse.

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  1. Cover
  2. pp. 1-3
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  1. Title Page
  2. p. 4
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  1. Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-12
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  1. Temporality in the Long Run
  2. pp. 13-14
  1. 1. Walking Backwards into the Future: The Conception of Time in the Ancient Near East
  2. pp. 15-24
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  1. 2. Epic Remains: Seeing and Time in the Odyssey
  2. pp. 25-46
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  1. 3. Fourier and the Saint-Simonians on the Shape of History
  2. pp. 47-58
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  1. 4. World History According to Katrina
  2. pp. 59-77
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  1. Historical Figures: Mediations, Citations, Narrations
  2. pp. 79-80
  1. 5. Intricate Temporalities: The Transfiguration of Proper and “Improper” Sounds from Christian to Jewish Environments
  2. pp. 81-104
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  1. 6. Quoting from the Past, or Dealing with Temporality
  2. pp. 105-130
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  1. 7. Taking Time: Temporal Representations and Cultural Politics
  2. pp. 131-144
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  1. 8. Image-Times, Image-Histories, Image-Thinking
  2. pp. 145-170
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  1. 9. Documentary Re-enactments: A Paradoxical Temporality That Is Not One
  2. pp. 171-192
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  1. Shapes of Modernity
  2. pp. 193-194
  1. 10. Time and Progress-Time as Progress: An Enlightened Sermon by William Robertson
  2. pp. 195-220
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  1. 11. Religious Revivals: The Binds of Religion and Modernity in Friedrich Nietzsche’s The Anti-Christ and Richard Wright’s The Outsider
  2. pp. 221-242
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  1. 12. Hetero-Temporalities of Post-Socialism
  2. pp. 243-260
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  1. 13. The Politics of Temporality: Heidegger, Bourdieu, Benjamin, Derrida
  2. pp. 261-276
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  1. “To the Planetarium”: From Cosmos to History and Back
  2. pp. 277-278
  1. 14. Eternity No More: Walter Benjamin on the Eternal Return
  2. pp. 279-296
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  1. 15. A Microscope for Time: What Benjamin and Klages, Einstein and the Movies Owe to Distant Stars
  2. pp. 297-358
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 359-364
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 365-368
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  1. Back Cover
  2. p. 378
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Additional Information

ISBN
9786155211591
Related ISBN
9789639776272
MARC Record
OCLC
317550941
Pages
378
Launched on MUSE
2014-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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