Hidden in Historicism: Time Regimes since 1700

1st Edition

Harry Jansen

July 24, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 296 Pages
ISBN 9780367421007 - CAT# 334755

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Hidden in Historicism considers how the nineteenth-century philosophy of historicism depicts three ‘forgotten time regimes’: a time of rise and fall, an ambiguous time of synchronicity of the non-synchronous, and a time in which decisive moments dominate.

Before the eighteenth century, time was past-oriented. This inversed in the Enlightenment, when the future became dominating. Today, this time of progress continues to be embraced as a ‘time of the modern’. Yet, inequality, increasing violence and climate change lead to doubts over a bright future. In this book, Harry Jansen moves away from the heritage of Reinhart Koselleck and his single time of the modern towards a historicist, threefold temporal approach to history writing. In the time regime of the twenty-first century past, present and future coexist. It is a heterogeneous time that takes on three forms: an undulating configuration, a structure of synchronicity of the non-synchronous and a kairotic temporality. Jansen’s study shows how all three times exist together in current historiography and contribute to a better understanding of the world today.

Based on the idea that an incarnated time rules everything that happens it reality, the book offers a fresh perspective on the ongoing discussion about time and time regimes in contemporary philosophy and theory of history for students and scholars, both time specialists and the non-specialist.


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