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    Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia (European Perspectives: A Series in Social Thought & Cultural Criticism (Hardcover)) (Hardback) By (author) Sylviane Agacinski, Translated by Jody Gladding

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    DescriptionWhat 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.

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    Time Passing
    Modernity and Nostalgia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Sylviane Agacinski, Translated by Jody Gladding
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 240
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 211 mm
    Thickness: 13 mm
    Weight: 363 g
    ISBN 13: 9780231125147
    ISBN 10: 0231125143

    BIC E4L: PHI
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: S2.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HPC
    B&T General Subject: 750
    Ingram Subject Code: PH
    Libri: I-PH
    BISAC V2.8: PHI016000, SOC015000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15200
    LC subject heading:
    DC21: 115
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 304.2/3, 304.23
    LC classification: BD638 .A27713 2003, BD638
    Thema V1.0: QDH
    Illustrations note
    12 photos
    Columbia University Press
    Imprint name
    Columbia University Press
    Publication date
    01 July 2003
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Sylviane Agacinski teaches at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris. She is the author of Parity of the Sexes (Columbia, 2001) and Aparte: Conceptions and Deaths of Soren Kierkegaard. Cited in the New Yorker as one of the most influential women in France, she has in recent years played a pivotal role in the feminist parite movement that has swept her country.Jody Gladding's translations include The Devil's Cloth (Columbia) by Michel Pastoureau and As Night Follows Day by Pierre Moinot. She is a poet and the author of Stone Crop.
    Review quote
    Starting from the observation that 'passing' has become our way of being, that henceforth everything seems impermanent and unstable, Sylviane Agacinski tries to clarify from many different perspectives 'the ethic of the ephemeral' of this age, so elusive because it is transient and ungrounded. Along the way, she invents a style for her reflections that is both fresh and spare, and leads effortlessly from metaphysics to politics, passing through an original analysis of the aesthetic that belongs to photography. Le Monde Agacinski's essayistic style shifts focus from the metaphysics of temporality via the aesthetic status of photography, to the politics of mass media... Recommended. Choice a remarkably candid and provocative assessment...probing analysis -- Bryce Christensen, Southern Utah University Modern Age
    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