Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia / Edition 1

Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia / Edition 1

by Sylviane Agacinski
     
 

ISBN-10: 0231125143

ISBN-13: 9780231125147

Pub. Date: 06/05/2003

Publisher: Columbia University Press

What do we mean when we say time passes? How do contingency and anachronism and other philosophical concepts bearing on time affect the more (seemingly) concrete realities of our political and cultural lives? In ways small and great, personal and cultural, we all experience the mutability of time. We feel it expand and contract, speed up and slow down, as it bends

Overview

What do we mean when we say time passes? How do contingency and anachronism and other philosophical concepts bearing on time affect the more (seemingly) concrete realities of our political and cultural lives? In ways small and great, personal and cultural, we all experience the mutability of time. We feel it expand and contract, speed up and slow down, as it bends to the imperatives of memory, money, and the media. In our own time (itself a pregnant phrase) we have witnessed a disengagement with the past even as technological advances have allowed us to capture and reproduce past time as never before. How are we to make sense of this paradox?

In this wide-ranging meditation on the meaning of time, Sylvaine Agacinski weaves together discussions of Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Freud, Heidegger, Baudelaire, Barthes, and especially Walter Benjamin—her model for the modern "passer of time"—as she traces a time line of the philosophy of time. After examining how shifting attitudes toward the passage of time have affected everything from art criticism to the development of photography to the rise of modernism itself, Agacinski concludes by proposing a rethinking of democracy that emphasizes patience in the face of our current temporal frenzy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231125147
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
06/05/2003
Series:
European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought and Cultural Criticism Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

The Western HourPassageTests of TimeThe Retreat of the EternalMovementUn passeur de temps: Walter BenjaminThe Time of ImagesHistorical Polemic: The Modernity of PhotographyThe Epoch of PhantomsAnachronisms of Art: Style and MediumPolitical TimePatience and DemocracyMedia Time

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