Futures Past: On the Semantics of Historical Time

Kobo ebook | January 22, 2005

byReinhart Koselleck, Keith Tribe

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Modernity in the late eighteenth century transformed all domains of European life -intellectual, industrial, and social. Not least affected was the experience of time itself: ever-accelerating change left people with briefer intervals of time in which to gather new experiences and adapt. In this provocative and erudite book Reinhart Koselleck, a distinguished philosopher of history, explores the concept of historical time by posing the question: what kind of experience is opened up by the emergence of modernity? Relying on an extraordinary array of witnesses and texts from politicians, philosophers, theologians, and poets to Renaissance paintings and the dreams of German citizens during the Third Reich, Koselleck shows that, with the advent of modernity, the past and the future became 'relocated' in relation to each other.
The promises of modernity -freedom, progress, infinite human improvement -produced a world accelerating toward an unknown and unknowable future within which awaited the possibility of achieving utopian fulfillment. History, Koselleck asserts, emerged in this crucial moment as a new temporality providing distinctly new ways of assimilating experience. In the present context of globalization and its resulting crises, the modern world once again faces a crisis in aligning the experience of past and present. To realize that each present was once an imagined future may help us once again place ourselves within a temporality organized by human thought and humane ends as much as by the contingencies of uncontrolled events.

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Modernity in the late eighteenth century transformed all domains of European life -intellectual, industrial, and social. Not least affected was the experience of time itself: ever-accelerating change left people with briefer intervals of time in which to gather new experiences and adapt. In this provocative and erudite book Reinhart Ko...

Reinhart Koselleck, now retired, was previously professor of historical theory at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. He is the author of The Practice of Conceptual History and Critique and Crisis.Keith Tribe was Reader in Economics at Keele University, UK, until 2002. He is now a private scholar and rowing coach at the King's Sch...

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:January 22, 2005Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction, by Keith Tribe
Part I: On the Relation of Past and Future in Modern History
Chapter 1 Modernity and the Planes of Historicity
Chapter 2 Historia Magistra Vitae: The Dissolution of the Topos into the Perspective of a Modernized Historical Process
Chapter 3 Historical Criteria of the Modern Concept of Revolution
Chapter 4 Historical Prognosis in Lorenz von Steinís Essay on the Prussian Constitution
Part II Theory and Method of the Historical Determination of Time
Chapter 5 Begriffsgeschichte and Social History
Chapter 6 History, Histories, and Formal Time Structures
Chapter 7 Representation, Event, and Structure
Chapter 8 Chance as Motivational Trace in Historical Writing
Chapter 9 Perspective and Temporality: A Contribution to the Historiographical Exposure of the
Historical World
Part III Semantic Remarks on the Mutation of Historical Experience
Chapter 10 The Historical-Political Semantics of Asymmetric Counterconcepts
Chapter 11 On the Disposability of History
Chapter 12 Terror and Dream: Methodological Remarks on the Experience of Time during the Third Reich
Third Reich
Chapter 13 ìNeuzeitî: Remarks on the Semantics of Modern Concepts of Movement
Chapter 15 ìSpace of Experienceî and ìHorizon of Expectationî: Two Historical Categories
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"Koselleck turns the procedures of 'conceptual historiography' to the study of the concept of history itself, (providing) original, erudite, and illuminating insights into concepts that have informed the modern idea of historical being: event, chance, progress, revolution, modernity... Koselleck's work augurs a new era in the conceptualization not only of what 'history' means to Western culture but also of what Western culture means for 'history.'"