The Time of Our Lives: A Critical History of Temporality

The Time of Our Lives: A Critical History of Temporality

David Couzens Hoy


The undertaking of all philosophy can be to realize reconciliation with time, whether now not each thinker has handled time expressly. A disagreement with the passing of time and with human finitude runs in the course of the heritage of philosophy as an final obstacle.

In this family tree of the idea that of temporality, David Hoy examines the emergence in post-Kantian continental philosophy of a spotlight at the lived event of the "time of our lives" instead of at the time of the universe. the aim is to work out how phenomenological and poststructuralist philosophers have attempted to find the resource of temporality, how they've got analyzed time's passing, and the way they've got depicted our relation to time as soon as it has been--in a Proustian sense--regained.

Hoy engages competing theoretical strategies for reconciling us to our fleeting temporality, drawing on paintings through Kant, Heidegger, Hegel, Husserl, Merleau-Ponty, Nietzsche, Gadamer, Sartre, Bourdieu, Foucault, Bergson, Deleuze, Zizek, and Derrida. Hoy considers 4 existential thoughts for dealing with the plain stream of temporality, together with Proust's passive and Walter Benjamin's energetic reconciliation via reminiscence, Zizek's critique of poststructuralist politics, Foucault's war of words with the temporality of energy, and Deleuze's account of Aion and Chronos. He concludes by way of exploring even if a twin temporalization may be what constitutes the singular "time of our lives."

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