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Futures Past : On the Semantics of Historical Time - Reinhart Koselleck

Futures Past

On the Semantics of Historical Time

By: Reinhart Koselleck, Keith Tribe (Translator, Foreword by)

Paperback Published: 26th May 2004
ISBN: 9780231127714
Number Of Pages: 344
For Ages: 22+ years old

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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.

"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.'" -- Hayden White American Historical Review

Translator's Introductionp. vii
Author's Prefacep. 1
On the Relation of Past and Future in Modern History
Modernity and the Planes of Historicityp. 9
Historia Magistra Vitae: The Dissolution of the Topos into the Perspective of a Modernized Historical Processp. 26
Historical Criteria of the Modern Concept of Revolutionp. 43
Historical Prognosis in Lorenz von Stein's Essay on the Prussian Constitutionp. 58
Theory and Method of the Historical Determination of Time
Begriffsgeschichte and Social Historyp. 75
History, Histories, and Formal Time Structuresp. 93
Representation, Event, and Structurep. 105
Chance as Motivational Trace in Historical Writingp. 115
Perspective and Temporality: A Contribution to the Historiographical Exposure of the Historical Worldp. 128
Semantic Remarks on the Mutation of Historical Experience
The Historical-Political Semantics of Asymmetric Counterconceptsp. 155
On the Disposability of Historyp. 192
Terror and Dream: Methodological Remarks on the Experience of Time during the Third Reichp. 205
Neuzeit: Remarks on the Semantics of Modern Concepts of Movementp. 222
"Space of Experience" and "Horizon of Expectation": Two Historical Categoriesp. 255
Notesp. 277
Indexp. 313
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ISBN: 9780231127714
ISBN-10: 0231127715
Series: Studies in Contemporary German Social Thought.
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 344
Published: 26th May 2004
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.48