"Being in Time" is a provocative and accessible essay on the fragmentation of the self as explored in philosophy and literature. This original study is unique in its focus on the literary aspects of philosophical writing and their interactions with philosophical content. It explores the emotional aspects of the human experience of time commonly neglected in philosophical investigation by looking at how narrative creates and treats the experience of the self as fragmented and the past as "lost." Genevieve Lloyd demonstrates the continuities and the contrasts between modern philosophic discussions of the instability of the knowing subject, treatments of the fragmentation of the self in the modern novel, and older philosophical discussions of the unity of consciousness.
Combining theoretical discussion with human experience, "Being in Time" will be important reading to anyone interested in the relationship between philosophy and literature, as well as to more general audience of readers who share Augustine's experience of time as making him a "problem to himself."
"This book is in the best tradition of scholarly, meditative writing: it is a reflection on literary and philosophic history . . . . The work is erudite superbly informed by a profound knowledge of literary (Proust, Woolf), philosophic (Augustine, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant) and critical sources (Derrida, Ricoeur). Yet it is elegantly written, as an essay available to any thoughtful reader."
-Amelie Rorty, Mount Holyoke College