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Temporality and Self-Distance

Mark Currie

in About Time

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780748624249
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.003.0004
Temporality and Self-Distance

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This chapter turns back to philosophy in order to establish a set of connections between temporality and self-consciousness. It also illustrates the inseparability of a problematic of self-consciousness from the philosophy of time. Heidegger's notion of authenticity adds an interesting dimension to the hermeneutic circle of reading and being. The study of narrative has much to learn from the philosophy of time, but this is one of the places where the direction of teaching is the other way around. There are three types of distance that cooperate throughout the narrative. The first is distance from God, the second is distance from truth and the third is temporal distance. Augustine's relocation of the past, the present and the future is of course based on the argument that neither the past and future, nor the present, can exist, in the sense of being present to consciousness.

Keywords: temporality; self-consciousness; Heidegger; philosophy of time; narrative; Augustine

Chapter.  10732 words. 

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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