Given World and Time: Temporalities in Context

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Tyrus Miller
Central European University Press, 2008 - History - 368 pages
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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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Contents

Walking Backwards into the Future The Conception of Time in the Ancient Near East
15
Epic Remains Seeing and Time in the Odyssey
25
Fourier and the SaintSimonians on the Shape of History
47
World History According to Katrina
59
Mediations Citations Narrations
79
Intricate Temporalities The Transfiguration of Proper and Improper Sounds from Christian to Jewish Environments
81
Quoting from the Past or Dealing with Temporality
105
Taking Time Temporal Representations and Cultural Politics
131
An Enlightened Sermon by William Robertson
195
The Binds of Religion and Modernity in Friedrich Nietzsches The AntiChrist and Richard Wrights The Outsider
221
HeteroTemporalities of PostSocialism
243
Heidegger Bourdieu Benjamin Derrida
261
From Cosmos to History and Back
277
Walter Benjamin on the Eternal Return
279
What Benjamin and Klages Einstein and the Movies Owe to Distant Stars
297
Contributors
359

ImageTimes ImageHistories ImageThinking
145
Documentary Reenactments A Paradoxical Temporality That Is Not One
171
Shapes of Modernity
193

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About the author (2008)

Tyrus Miller is Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, English, and Film Studies at Yale University.

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