The Moment

BookThe Moment

The Moment

Time and Rupture in Modern Thought

Studies in Social and Political Thought, 4


September 1st, 2001

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Modern philosophical thought has a manifold tradition of emphasising ‘the moment’. ‘The moment’ demands questioning all-too-common notions of time, of past, present and future, uniqueness and repetition, rupture and continuity. This collection addresses the key questions posed by ‘the moment’, considering writers such as Nietzsche, Husserl, Benjamin and Badiou, and elucidates the connections between social theory, philosophy, literary theory and history that are opened up by this notion.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Title Page3
1: Is it Time?25
2: The Aporia of the Instant in Derrida’s Reading of Husserl41
3: Existential Moments61
4: Augen-Blicke81
5: On Alain Badiou99
6: Instants of Diminishing Representation: The Problem of Temporal Modalities121
7: Poetry and the Returns of Time: Goethe’s ‘Wachstum’ and ‘Immer und Überall'143
8: ‘NOW’: Walter Benjamin on Historical Time169
Notes on Contributors205