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Déjà Vu and the End of History

Paolo Virno
Barcode 9781781686126
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Release Date: 03/02/2015

Genre: Society & Culture
Sub-Genre: Philosophy & Spirituality
Translator: David Broder
Label: Verso Books
Contributors: David Broder (Translated by)
Language: English
Publisher: Verso Books

This book places two key notions up against each other to imagine a new way of conceptualizing historical time. This book places two key notions up against each other to imagine a new way of conceptualizing historical time. How do the experience of déjà vu and the idea 'End of History' relate to one another? Through thinkers like Bergson, Kojève and Nietzsche, Virno explores these constructs of memory and the passage of time. In showing how the experience of time becomes historical, Virno considers two fundamental concepts from Western philosophy: Power and The Act, reinterpreting these with respect to time. Through these, he elegantly constructs a radical new theory of historical temporality.