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Sylviane Agacinski: Time Passing. Modernity and Nostagia

Sylviane Agacinski: Time Passing. Modernity and Nostagia

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Published by Jaakko Leskinen
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EUROPAN RSCTIVS
Series n ocal Thought ad Cuua tsm
Lawrence
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Krtzman, ditorEuropean erspectves presents outstandng booksy leading Euopean thners. With both classcand contemporary orks the seres ams to shapethe ajor inteHectual contoerses of our day and toaciltate the tasks of hstorcal understandng
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 M  Pss 1 lG
oDERNITY AND oTALIA
SYLVIANE AGACINSKI
taslated by jdy Gladd
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uma Unvest PesNew Yok
 
THE "MODL
moved slightly, blrring the featues of her face.So who is this naked yong woman, exposing herself trimphant-ly above a grop of serios, bearded stdents?*This is no longer Vens emerging from the wave bta singlaryong womanMarie or Jliette we can't say For a moment,she has stopped posing for the painters, who have trned modestly away from her charming nclothed body, strange among all those sits and ties Whie the artists in the stdio pose with alearned air (they think they are the main sbjectsof the photo),she lookscondently into the camera She gesses that soon weare going to se her for what she is, here and now At that moment, she knows that she is no longer a
model
bt the sbject ofa new 1mageThis yong woman whose photographic image still reaches sin all its freshness we wil call
modrnity.
 
THE WESTERN HOUR
s
I V
possible to think about one's own time? The presentemerges amid the shadows of a past that no longer evokes nostalgia and an uncertain future. A glance at neither the past nor thefuture can reveal the meaningofthe present. We endlessly repeatthe question of time as if it only just appeared in all its force sincetheretreat of what softened its tragic aspect: eternty an a senseof history Against the background of this retreat history revealsits contingency and our naked relationship to passage. Can theidea of epoch still hold meaning for us?
An Invisible Pesent
In Western history epochs have been conceived as very largeslices" of time corresponding to
worlds,
each presenting a certainunity like antiquity or the Middle Ages Hegel still divides wordhistory into Oriental, eek Roman Germanic-that areso many stages
(Stufengan)
in the history of Reason These worlds
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