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Hidden in Historicism

Time Regimes since 1700, 1st Edition

By Harry Jansen


296 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction

Part 1: In Search of New Times

2 The Empty Time of the Enlightenment

3 The Incarnated Time of the Counter-Enlightenment

Part 2: The Romanticist Time of Politics

4 Hegel’s Time of the State

5 Ranke’s Undulating Time of Continuing Entities

Part 3: The Ambiguous Time of Societies

6 Tocqueville’s Time of an Aristocratic and Democratic Society

7 Marx’s Synchronicity of the Non-Synchronous

Part 4: The Kairotic Time of Cultures

8 Nietzsche’s Augenblick

9 Huizinga’s Time of the Historical Sensation

Part 5: The Time out of Joint

10 Historicist Times in the 20th and 21st Century 1: France and the Anglo-Saxon World

11 Historicist Times in the 20th and 21st Century 2: The German Way

12 Epilogue: The Benefits of Historicist Times.

About the Author

Harry Jansen is Professor Emeritus of philosophy of history at the Radboud University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
HISTORY / Historiography