In reply to: NOUR HACHEM wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time I agree with the ways in which Ben and Shaun have conceptualized time as ideological. Building on their reflections, I want to recap some of the different […] View
Time does impose a totalizing framework–but this is modern, abstract time. Luckmann is operating within it, Lefebvre and Koselleck are describing what it does. Nowotny is proposing a different kind of time to organize lives.
One of the interesting aspects of the Ogle book is the possibility of seeing non-modern times, the various local times…[Read more]
In reply to: SHAUN TERRY wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time My sense is that everything’s ideological. How do you understand anything at all without a host of invisible background information […] View
Yes, it is all ideological–it is a formulation for some purpose. But that does not explain the ways that something like time has gained a status as external to human activity and what that specific form of time does.
In reply to: David Berners-Lee wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time The question of “is time ideological” must be preceded by a definition of ideology. According to Hans Gumbrecht, the rise of social constructivism […] View
One can argue that in the US there is another ideology (and more limited, even trivial)–that of the political. More seriously, do you think that Heidegger is operating in absolute time?
In reply to: NOUR HACHEM wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time Reflecting on our class discussion and some more on the readings, I get the sense that a lot of the conflicts we encounter and wage in our everyday life […] View
Your comment that we need a change in the conception of time recalls a comment by Nowotny in a more recent book (2016) The Cunning of Uncertainty: “In order to be able to accept change, time has to be created. In order to be able to accept changes with time, it could be continued, the categories of time have to be changed repeatedly.”
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In reply to: SHAUN TERRY wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time I found it interesting that Nowotny holds onto the tension between the imposed sameness of absolute, simultaneous time and the potential […] View
I would argue that the distinction between sameness and difference, colonialism and fascism are two parts of the same structure (chronological time) and depend on each other–the colony is only possible because of a differentiation that is temporal–the same process used, but different scale for the claims to difference in fascism. Remember also…[Read more]
In reply to: David Berners-Lee wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time Having discussed the chapter by Lefebvre, I came to see the importance of a Marxist theory of the historical determination social relations. From […] View
This prepares us for some of the discussion by Nowotny, that many of the problems or crises of the last hundred years are the result of modern processes, rather than misunderstanding or external cause.
One of the things I like about Lefebvre is that Marx is strong, but Marxism is not. That is, he uses the powerful observations and analyses of…[Read more]
In reply to: Alexandra Neuman wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time During our class’s characterization of Lefebvre’s modernism, the concepts that resonated most with me were that of alterity and the aleatory. I am […] View
Good discussion on the difference between alterity and other. Too often use of the self-other replicates the conditions described. The other is a condition for the self. We will talk about the past and present, even if it is a dialectic more–to me it is an artificial distinction. Finally, I have been fascinated by the aleatory, but have not…[Read more]
In reply to: NOUR HACHEM wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time From my first reading of the chapter, I had understood that Lefebvre is treating modernity as an era that has certain characteristics, such as […] View
Good, I love that 1905-related quote. Maybe it speaks to historians! I also like that you end by thinking forward, what is possible.
I have often been criticized for overusing quotes from readings–hard to resist when there are so many good ones. Try to put these issues in your own words; helpful in the long run.
Stefan Tanaka commented on the post, Follow-up to Lefebvre: Modernity vs Modern vs Modernism, on the site 3 years, 7 months agoIn reply to: Tina Lawson wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time What I enjoyed most about class on Monday was the further clarification on the difference between these three terms, according to Tanaka’s […] View
Yes, these are all effects. I would argue that modernity structures and frames those issues. Humans become self-aware, but within a system, rather than outside of it.
Stefan Tanaka commented on the post, Critique and Periodization: On Modernity in Lefebvre's "What is Modernity?", on the site 3 years, 7 months agoIn reply to: SHAUN TERRY wrote a new post on the site Politics of Time In class, my definition for “modernity” went like this: “the period characterized by the tendency for alienations/comm […] View
Yes, it is more than periodization (we will encounter this again with Osborne); I would go beyond your use of “bar.” Instead, it is to obscure the ideology, effectively naturalizing the contents of the period as given, objective, truth.
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I am a historian who joined the Communication Department almost ten years ago. My early work was on modern Japan, and I still write on modern Japan and problems of Asia. My overriding interest in history has been the uses of the past. My first book, Japan’s Orient: Rendering Pasts into History, naively examines the reconfiguration of the…[Read more]
In reply to: Stefan Tanaka wrote a new post on the site history of information This is a course that turns to the past to understand many vexing issues today surrounding the use and ubiquity of information. Though the course […] View
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