Being In Time

Being In Time

by Genevieve Lloyd
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415071968

ISBN-13: 9780415071963

Pub. Date: 09/02/1993

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Genevieve Lloyd's book is a provocative and accessible essay on the fragmentation of the self as explored in philosophy and literature. The past is irrevocable, consciousness changes as time passes: given this, can there ever be such a thing as the unity of the self? Being in Time explores the emotional aspects of the human experience of time, commonly

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Genevieve Lloyd's book is a provocative and accessible essay on the fragmentation of the self as explored in philosophy and literature. The past is irrevocable, consciousness changes as time passes: given this, can there ever be such a thing as the unity of the self? Being in Time explores the emotional aspects of the human experience of time, commonly neglected in philosophical investigation, by looking at how narrative creates and treats the experience of the self as fragmented and the past as 'lost'. It shows the continuities, and the contrasts, between modern philosophic discussions of the instability of the knowing subject, treatments of the fragmentation of the self in the modern novel and older philosophical discussions of the unity of consciousness. Being in Time combines theoretical discussion with human experience: it will be valuable to anyone interested in the relationship between philosophy and literature, as well as to a more general audience of readers who share Augustine's experience of time as making him a 'problem to himself'.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415071963
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/02/1993
Series:
Ideas Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction1
1Augustine and the 'problem' of time14
2The self: unity and fragmentation43
Descartes: the unity of thinking substance43
Hume's labyrinth and the painting of modern life61
Kant: the unity of apperception77
3The past: loss or eternal return?96
Bergson: time and loss96
Nietzsche: 'ill will towards time'107
4Life and literature123
Proust: 'life realized within the confines of a book'123
Virginia Woolf: moments of being147
Conclusion: philosophy and literature162
Afterword173
Bibliographical essay174
Notes183
Index190

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